With World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019, national law firm Stone King is getting behind the campaign to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace, both as an employer and an employment law expert.
Employment & HR for Independent Schools
Acas and Stone King LLP are pleased to announce a new series of Acas Education Forum workshops for HR professionals, Business Managers and members of a Governing Body and/or Trust Board. The Forum, now in its second year, will be hosting a series of workshops centred on 'Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim' - we are inviting you to join us.
Across the series, Employment Law Specialist James Barratt and Acas Trainer Mike Fenn, will equip you with the required skills to place yourself in the strongest position to prepare and assist you in defending and winning a Tribunal claim.
- Workshop - Defending an Employment Tribunal Claim
The first workshop will cover (6 November):
- ACAS Pre-Conciliation; process and time limits
- Drafting the Employer’s defence
- Preliminary applications and Tribunal Orders
- Disclosure exercises, drafting witness statements, bundle preparation
Our second workshop will cover (date to be confirmed):
- The Tribunal Hearing
- Giving Evidence
- Cost applications
- Date & Location
Wednesday 6 November
Mercure Bristol Holland House,
10.00am: Registration and refreshments
10:45am: Seminar starts
12.00pm: Seminar ends (followed by networking)
This event is free of charge.
The 10th of October 2019 marks World Mental Health Day. In light of the increasing awareness around mental health, employers should be aware of the importance of staff wellbeing in the workplace and their legal obligations around this.
STPCD 2019 was published on 20 September.
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Stone King news for the Employment Sector
In this issue:
New Ofsted Education Inspection Framework - an explanation of the inspection criteria relating to staff well-being and staff supervision within schools
The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework came into force on the 2 September 2019 setting out how Ofsted will inspect maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.
Of particular note to employers and employees are the principles that apply to an Ofsted inspection relating to how schools consider staff well-being and on staff supervision within schools.
This question comes after a recent news story reporting that Costa Coffee employees at multiple stores claim they have had costs of £200 deducted from their pay for training, as well as other deductions. This poses an interesting question on when employers are able to make such deductions.
- The law on Employers deductions from wages
Section 13 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (‘ERA 1996’), provides that it is unlawful for an employer to make a deduction unless:
When can employees lawfully participate in industrial action and how can employers prevent it arising?
Last month the Irish High Court granted Ryanair an injunction preventing a planned 48-hour strike by pilots based in Ireland, halting action from 180 members of the Irish Air Line Pilots Association (Ialpa), as the required processes were not followed. In contrast and on the same day, the British High Court ruled against Ryanair and decided that British pilots represented by the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) could continue their planned 48 hour strike as this action was lawful.
In a the recent case of Mrs I (PO-21599), the Pension Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme who was without pension provisions, directing the employer to make a back-dated payment of the contributions missed due to the employer’s “inaction”.
EAT reaffirms that when calculating an injury to feelings award, the effect of the conduct on the Claimant is the relevant consideration, rather than the gravity of the Respondent's actions. (Komeng v Creative Support)
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (‘EAT’) in the case of Komeng v Creative Support has reaffirmed that when making an injury to feelings award within the Vento bands, the relevant calculation is the effect of the conduct on the Claimant, rather than the gravity of the Respondents actions.
- Vento Bands:
Vento Bands are the bands of compensation that Employment Tribunals can award for injury to feelings in discrimination cases. The current bands of compensation are: