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Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

No doubt some of the headlines will be attention-grabbing. A Head of English who was dismissed having shown the horror film “Halloween” (certificate 18) to a class of 15 years olds and who claimed that he did so because of stress has won his disability case in the Court of Appeal, apparently resulting in a large six-figure pay-out.

Employee wellbeing - don't forget the person behind your employee

Employee wellbeing - don't forget the person behind your employee

I was planning on writing a normal employment law blog this week, but then crisis hit: my husband suffered a nasty accident when out running one workday lunchtime and shattered his ankle. Needless to say, the shock and the logistical nightmare of trying to juggle two small children and visits to a hospital over an hour away has been pretty horrendous. However, life was made just that little bit easier because mine and my husband’s employers have both been fantastic.    

Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work

Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has now issued its report last week “Turning the Tables: Ending Sexual Harassment at Work”. The message in the report is a very clear one: the evidence gathered about British workplaces shows that employers are not adequately protecting their employees from sexual harassment. 

Sexual harassment - changing the face of gagging clauses

Sexual harassment - changing the face of gagging clauses

We have written a lot about sexual harassment in recent months; we’ve also written about gagging clauses (ie confidentiality clauses that prevent people from speaking out about allegations or making adverse comments about employers). But what happens when the two meet, say in a non-disclosure agreement (an NDA) or a settlement agreement?

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