the sad case of Baby P and Sharon Shoesmith

Newspaper coverage of the Court of Appeal’s ruling on 27 May in the Sharon Shoesmith case is sensationalist to say the least. The position is misrepresented by headlines such as “Sharon Shoesmith, who was vilified after the death of the toddler Baby P, won her appeal yesterday that she was ‘unfairly and unlawfully’ sacked” (the Independent on 28 May), “‘I’m over the moon’: Baby P scandal boss Sharon Shoesmith set for £1m payout after court rules she was unlawfully dismissed” (the Daily Mail 28 May); or “On Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled she was unfairly sacked, and a leading employment lawyer said she could receive as much as £1 million if the decision is not overturned” (the Guardian on 28 May).

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consultation on modern workplaces – holidays

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011 . One of the topics covered is "Working Time Regulations". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. The introduction to this part of the consultation explains that the proposals "concern the interaction of annual leave with sick, maternity, adoption, parental, and paternity leave". Changes…

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consultation on modern workplaces – flexible working arrangements

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011. One of the topics covered is "Flexible Working". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. The paper gives examples (with explanations) of "flexible work" as follows: part-time; flexi-time; compressed hours; homeworking; annualised hours; term-time working; structured time off in lieu; job-sharing; and varied-hours working…

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consultation on modern workplaces – parental rights

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011 . One of the topics covered is "Flexible Parental Leave". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. In bare outline, the main elements in the “flexible parental leave” part of the proposals are : Initial leave rights (around the birth/adoption of a child): Maternity…

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