Examining the law on strikes

10 August 2022

Employees organising together and disrupting their employer’s business has a long history in the UK, and this is not the first time our streets have seen picket lines and placards. However, summer 2022 seems to have brought with it a large amount of discontent.

Harpur Trust v Brazel outcome: what this means for holiday calculations

28 July 2022

Brazel (the employee) was employed as a visiting music teacher on a permanent zero-hours term-time contract. This means she would only work during school terms (typically 32–35 weeks per year) and was not guaranteed minimum hours; her working time varied depending on the needs of the school pupils she taught instruments to.

Train strikes: more disruption planned for train travel

20 July 2022

Following strikes held on 21, 23 and 25 June, which caused widespread disruption throughout the rail network, further strikes have been planned by the RMT and Aslef trade unions. These will affect travel once again, and this time with strikes planned for 30 July and 20 August 2022 (both Saturdays), weekend workers will for the first time be significantly impacted.

Managing staff through a UK heatwave

14 July 2022

Employers in the UK don’t typically have to worry too much about how to manage staff during periods of extremely high temperatures. Indeed, there is an abundance of information available on making alternative arrangements for rain and snow, but with temperatures set to reach almost 40 degrees next week, employers will need to put measures in place to keep teams cool and comfortable. There could be added issues if staff can’t get to work or, in some cases, if they pull a sickie to make the most of the warm weather. As such, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

Is the education system heading for crisis?

7 July 2022

Staff recruitment and retention for both teachers and school leadership has long been a problem, but things seem to be reaching a crisis point. Michael Evans looks at some of the issues that are currently being faced by school leaders.

Too hot to handle?

14 June 2022

Gordon Tranter summarises what employers and employees should know about the potential hazards of working outdoors during hot weather and how to manage them.

School attendance

13 June 2022

Parents have a statutory duty to ensure that their children start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This will be on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday. However, most children start full-time education in the September after their fourth birthday. Michael Evans considers some of the issues associated with school attendance.

A safe workplace for school staff

10 June 2022

There was a time when it was inconceivable that school staff would need to be able to defend themselves in the event of a violent assault. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Michael Evans looks at ways of ensuring that schools can be safe working environments for staff.

Right to be accompanied by an external lawyer

1 June 2022

It has recently been reported that the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, is considering plans to amend the Employment Relations Act 1999 to give teachers the statutory right to be accompanied to grievance and disciplinary hearings by an external lawyer or representative of a body other than a trade union.