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Caretakers' accommodation

September 2017

A reminder of the issues that can arise with school accommodation and how to deal with them.

Salary Sacrifice Update

June 2017

Can independent schools keep their school fee salary sacrifice schemes in place?

Partner promotions at Wrigleys Solicitors

June 2017

Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.

TUPE and service provision change

May 2017

Case underlines TUPE rule on “principal purpose” of an “organised grouping of employees”.

Discrimination: Adjustments for Candidate with Asperger's Syndrome

May 2017

Was a job applicant with Asperger's Syndrome discriminated against by being required to sit a psychometric test? Yes, held the EAT

The pitfalls of employee relocation

March 2017

With Brexit talk particularly in banking, of moving staff, employers need to realise that relocating employees is not straightforward legally

Common sense needed in TUPE service provision changes

February 2017

A recent legal ruling on TUPE service provision changes to decide whether activities carried out afterwards are “fundamentally the same” as before.

Schools required to report on gender pay gap

February 2017

Draft regulations bring relief to maintained schools with less than 250 employees.

Can an employee still claim after agreeing a COT3 tribunal settlement?

February 2017

Yes, maybe. Schools should be aware that an unclear COT3 settlement agreement could allow an employee to bring future employment tribunal claims.

Is your school breaching data protection rules by information sharing?

December 2016

In a report relevant for academies and maintained schools, an ICO investigation concluded that charities had breached the Data Protection Act.

EAT shows a number of factors decide when TUPE applies

December 2016

In the recent case of ALNO (UK) Ltd v Turner the EAT stressed the need to apply the “multi-factorial” test established in an earlier TUPE case

Can segregating boys and girls at school be sex discrimination?

December 2016

High Court rules draft Ofsted report was wrong to label segregation of girls and boys discriminatory.

Brexit - The referendum effect

October 2016

John McMullen shares his thoughts on TUPE & Brexit

New term...new safeguarding obligations

September 2016

Actions required for ALL schools following key changes to statutory safeguarding guidance from September 2016.

TUPE case - service provision changes

September 2016

The EAT holds that TUPE service provision changes only apply to a grouping of employees providing services immediately before the transfer.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes under review – your chance to contribute

August 2016

Schools that have salary sacrifice schemes as a benefit for staff paying school fees can take part in the government consultation on proposed reforms.

Changes planned for the taxation of termination payments

August 2016

Employers who use the £30,000 tax exemption on termination payments are invited to consult on the proposed reforms.

Gender pay gap reporting: what schools need to know

August 2016

Many schools will need to be ready for the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women from as early as April 2017.

TUPE case confirms obligations apply to multiple providers

July 2016

TUPE transferee obligations can apply where a service changing hands is divided among multiple providers on functional lines, explains John McMullen

Is your school uniform policy consistent with Gender Diversity?

July 2016

We look at the movement in schools towards non gender specific policies and procedures.

Handling strike action in schools

July 2016

Guidance from DfE updated on 1 July for employers, governing bodies, school leaders and staff in maintained schools and academies.

Will a pupil's behavioural problems amount to a disability under Equality Act?

June 2016

Not necessarily, said the Scottish Court of Session (Inner House).

Charity Law Updates

May 2016

A brief look at recent charity law and company law developments which are of relevance to independent schools.

Partner promotions at Wrigleys Solicitors

May 2016

Wrigleys is pleased to announce 3 promotions in its private client and charity property teams.

Sexting and the school: considering the wider impact

April 2016

In this article, we consider the wider implications of sexting on children, teachers and parents.

Schools Must Prevent Not Procrastinate

April 2016

Since 1 July 2015 independent schools have been grappling with 'Prevent'. How should your school be fulfilling its Prevent duty?

The taxing question of Termination Payments

April 2016

What do bursars need to know about the taxation of payments to employees on the termination of their employment?

Brexit and the Bursar: a guide for the independent school as employer

April 2016

What are the likely effects of a Brexit on those UK employment laws of most relevance to the independent school sector?

Dismissing staff with less than two years' service: what are the risks?

April 2016

What should be considered before dismissing school staff who have been employed for less than two years?

Rising costs of employment for independent schools

April 2016

What are the key factors leading to the increased cost of employing school staff?

Whistleblowing: when might a disclosure be in the public interest?

April 2016

When might a member of school staff be making a disclosure in the public interest and so be protected under employment legislation?

"Mind the gap" – mandatory gender pay gap reporting

April 2016

How will the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women affect larger independent schools?

When might a school be liable for a wrongful act of an employee?

March 2016

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an employer was "vicariously liable" for the actions of its employee in an unprovoked attack on a customer.

Parents in the playground: when parents get involved in their children's disputes

March 2016

Recent reports have highlighted the difficulties schools face when parents become involved in these disputes.

Social media spats: handling parents' on-line complaints

March 2016

Handling negative comments, complaints and criticisms about the school or staff made on social media can be a minefield for the leadership team.

Pulling a sickie or exaggerating the effect of illness may be gross misconduct

March 2016

An employer who reasonably believed that an employee was lying about his symptoms was entitled to find gross misconduct.

TUPE and short-term contracts: tribunal case leaves uncertainty

March 2016

The recent employment tribunal case of ICTS UK Ltd v Mahdi shows there is uncertainty about TUPE and short-term contracts.

Dyslexia: an issue in the staffroom, not just the classroom

February 2016

A recent Employment Tribunal case highlights the need for schools to be aware of the possible duty to make reasonable adjustments for dyslexic staff.

Reasonableness of Lay-Off Period

February 2016

Is an express power to lay off subject to an implied term of reasonableness? No, held the EAT

TUPE: A third party cannot dictate whether or not an employee is “assigned”

February 2016

A recent ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gives clarity about when an employee is “assigned” to an employer before a TUPE transfer.

TUPE: ECJ decides a classic business transfer case

February 2016

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice provides a classic example for HR practitioners of what constitutes a TUPE business transfer.

Education - Discrimination Case Update

January 2016

Did an education trust discriminate against a teacher on the ground of age by replacing her with a less experienced teacher? 'No' ruled the EAT

Wrigleys Solicitors welcome new lawyers

September 2015

Wrigleys celebrates another successful year for its trainee recruitment process, and welcomes Trusts and Estates specialist solicitor Kieran McIvor.

Tour de Wrigleys

July 2015

A group of our staff cycled 40 miles across the Yorkshire hills, between the Sheffield and Leeds offices to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Update on Company Governance

June 2015

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act arrived with little fanfare but there are points to note for the company secretary.

Wrigleys expand Charity and Property teams

May 2015

Wrigleys welcomes the arrival of Laura Moss to its charity team and Alexandra Hempsey to its commercial property and education property teams.

A family engineering business becomes employee owned

April 2015

Albany Pumps, an international business based in Gloucestershire and with a site in Yorkshire is celebrating becoming employee owned.

Wrigleys staff become Dementia Friends

March 2015

Dementia Friends Champions Charlotte Buckley and Amy Slinn have held Friends' information sessions for 96 people at Wrigleys...and counting!

Matthew Wrigley wins this year’s Presidents’ Award

October 2014

We are delighted to share the news that Matthew Wrigley received the Presidents' Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Shared services, 'pre-existence' and the case of Lorenzo Amatori

September 2014

Review of a recent European Court case concerning the rights of employees in employers' shared services arrangements.

Will safeguarding responsibilities trump an agreed reference?

September 2014

Yes – says the High Court in the case of Camurat v Thurrock Borough Council (July 2014)

Top tips on the legalities of engaging volunteers

December 2013

For many volunteers, the very essence of voluntary work is the flexibility. It is often that freedom that allows volunteers the luxury to help out their chosen organisation in the precious time that they have to spare. Equally, and it is often remarked that, many charities and social enterprises would flounder or fail without the armies of volunteers willing to help out in those sectors.

Free portable criminal records checks for volunteers

December 2013

Following the creation of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), on the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority on 1 December 2012, the Home Office has announced that the new criminal record checking system will be free to volunteers.

Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners. – A new publication from Wrigleys

Our book launch saw solicitor and author Austin Thornton introduce his book; Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners

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Carillion and schools

There has been a lot in the news about the appointment of a liquidator for Carillion and what this could mean for existing contracts with schools.

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Community rights

This article sets out a summary of the community rights and powers introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and how they can be used by community groups.

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Religious life:

Date: 21 Feb 2018

Venue: Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral, St Anne's Street, Leeds

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The Academies Event 2018: The future of state schooling

Date: 28 Feb 2018

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The 2nd Regional Learning Improvement and Innovation Show

Date: 01 Mar 2018

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