Maternity and Family Rights: In-depth

Friday, May 14, 2021

There have been various developments over the years aimed at giving working parents greater support, flexibility and work-life balance. This topic covers all areas relating to parental rights during employment, including maternity leave and pay, adoption leave/pay, shared parental leave, paternity leave and unpaid parental leave, including the schemes specifically for teachers and support staff who have the Burgundy and Green Books incorporated into their contracts of employment. It examines the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees, while also considering time off to care for dependants and the right to request flexible working.

Trade Unions and Employee Relations: In-depth

Friday, May 14, 2021

All employees who are trade union members have certain rights in respect of their union membership. For example, an employee has the right not to be dismissed for choosing to join or remain a member of a trade union. Where these rights are held to have been breached, an employer may face claims of automatic unfair dismissal.

Health and Safety in the Curriculum: In-depth

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Schools have a statutory duty of care to ensure that all reasonably foreseeable risks to pupils during curriculum and school activities have been assessed and controlled and that there is effective pupil supervision in place. Failure to do this may render the school liable if a pupil is injured.