WorkLife entries posted during September 2016

Fit and proper?

Fit and proper?

Prior to 7 March 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") was responsible for assessing the fitness and propriety of those working within financial services in approved roles. However, under the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime ("SMCR"), which applies to deposit takers and Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") designated investment firms, there has been a shift in responsibility from the FCA to the firms themselves.

Apprenticeship levy: draft regulations published

Apprenticeship levy: draft regulations published

The apprenticeship levy, which the Government intends to impose from next April, will require larger employers to pay a levy to the government to fund new apprenticeships. The scheme is intended to support the Government's commitment to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships, and will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer's total pay bill where this exceeds £3 million a year. For these purposes, an employer's pay bill is the amount of their payroll on which secondary Class...

Resolving conflict in the workplace

Resolving conflict in the workplace

I am currently being trained as a facilitator in ‘action learning’ - a process which I am finding fascinating, particularly the psychology elements and how humans interact with one another.  The concept of action learning is to solve issues using a combination of insightful open questioning to challenge perceptions followed by reflection.  In a nutshell it is a ‘conversation with a purpose’. 

Leave your husband or lose your job

Leave your husband or lose your job

This was the harsh choice placed before Ms Pendleton, a Christian teacher whose husband – the Head of another school – had been convicted of making indecent images of children and of voyeurism. She knew nothing about her husband's activities until his arrest and there was no suggestion that she was in any way involved in them. Nevertheless, the school took the view that her relationship with her husband was incompatible with her safeguarding duties to the school. Ms Pendleton stayed with her...

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