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2 Dec 2016

Employment law - update December 2016

Pensions - auto enrolment, New statutory guidance on induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs), Risk Assessment guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Time to Change, Updates to Tier 2, Apprenticeship Levy

Pensions - auto enrolment

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it, this is called auto enrolment. For more information, please visit the Pensions Regulator website.

New statutory guidance on induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

The Department for Education has released new guidance for heads, school staff and governing bodies about induction for newly qualified teachers. This can be found at this link.

Risk Assessment guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE intends to make some changes to their current guidance on risk. HSE seeks to ensure that risk assessment should be a part of day to day business management and bring greater emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments without reducing standards. At this link you can find a copy of the revised risk guidance which is highlighted to flag the proposed changes.

Time to Change

Time to Change is a mental health initiative which schools can join to help raise awareness of mental health issues amongst teachers and pupils. For more information, please visit this website.

Updates to Tier 2

On 3 November 2016, the Government published its most recent Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The Law firm Penningtons Manches has drafted an explanatory note about the changes.

Apprenticeship Levy

From 1 May 2017, schools will need to start declaring their eligibility to pay the levy to the HMRC. If your school's pay bill is more than £3 million your school will have to pay a levy. The DfE has recently updated its guidance which can be found at this link.

7 Mar 2017 Employment

Gender pay gap reporting 

In April 2017, employers with more than 250 employees will have to report how large their pay gap is between males and females.

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12 Jan 2017 Employment

Employment - update January 2017

Draft regulations have been published on salary sacrifice provisions

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28 Nov 2016 Employment

Employment law - update November 2016

Changes in force from November 2016.

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17 Aug 2016 Employment

Carter review of Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

As you may be aware there was a review of ITT carried out by Sir Andrew Carter in January 2015.

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1 May 2015

An Employer’s Guide to Right to Work Checks

Home Office document on an employer’s guide to right to work checks.