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The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether an employer should postpone dismissing an employee on long-term sick leave who suddenly claims they are fit to return. Lorna Scully reports

In O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy [2017], the Court of Appeal gave some guidance on when it is reasonable to expect an employer to delay in dismissing an employee on long-term sickness absence. This article examines the judgment, which provides a useful reminder of the factors an employer should consider when deciding whether it is appropriate to dismiss.

Mark Stevens reviews four EAT decisions on the requirements around medical evidence in disability cases and on what amounts to a disability

The autumn and winter of 2016 saw a flurry of disability discrimination decisions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that are likely to have an impact on employment law in 2017 and beyond.

Public authorities need to update their employment policies and procedures in light of a new requirement for their customer-facing workers to be proficient in English, explain Gemma Cawthray and Charlotte Williams

On 21 July 2016, the Cabinet Office and Home Office published a code requiring customer-facing workers in the public sector to be fluent in English or Welsh. The code of practice on the English language requirement for public sector workers (the code), together with a related impact assessment, sets out details of this new ‘fluency duty’ and gives guidance on meeting the obligations. This article examines the requirements and what they mean for public sector employers.

A recent Court of Appeal decision may make it easier for employers to obtain Wrotham Park damages, explains Bob Fahy

The remedies available where an ex-employee has unlawfully used or disclosed a business’s confidential information or breached post-termination restrictive covenants include damages for breach of contract, injunctions and an account of profits.

Mark Stevens discusses the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and the employment law issues that arise from this type of training programme

In the run up to last year’s election, the Conservative party pledged to create three million new post-16 apprenticeships by 2020. Since then, there have been a number of important announcements about apprenticeships that will have a significant impact on all employers across England. This article sets out the outcomes of the recent consultation on the so-called Apprenticeship Levy and some of the legal issues that arise from apprenticeship arrangements and the risks associated with these arrangements.

Paul Ridout outlines the key points of the draft Protection of Charities Bill

Announced in the Queen’s Speech in June 2014, this proposed new legislation is intended to beef up the Charity Commission’s powers to intervene in the administration of charities, in particular by plugging some of the gaps that had been identified over recent years. Some of the gaps had been flagged up by the Commission itself – their 2013/14 Annual Report said that ‘weaknesses in our current legal powers are undermining our ability to be an effective regulator’ – but there was also pressure from the parliamentary committees that had been looking into the Commission’s operation as a regulator for the sector, and Lord Hodgson’s report on the operation of the Charities Act 2006 had included some specific recommendations for an extension of the Commission’s powers.

Paul Ridout looks at the current position with charities buying land

The legal and practical issues that charity trustees need to take into account when disposing of land are well documented, and there is no shortage of commentary on the particular challenges of ensuring that charities comply with their duties when they sell property or grant leases. Historically, where the sale of land has been recognised as a high risk area for charities, this is reflected in the statutory controls over land disposals that are now contained in Part 7 of the Charities Act 2011 that are aimed at ensuring that charities obtain the best price that is reasonably obtainable.