Issues involving NHS hospitals, trusts or individual staff can quickly become a matter of media and public comment.
The highly publicised three-year dispute between the Government and junior doctors, over the introduction of a new junior doctors’ contract for the NHS, ended in September 2016 following an unsuccessful legal challenge in the High Court by junior doctors. The new contract is being imposed between October 2016 and October 2017. See Types of contract > Future developments for further information.
Teachers and nurses are choosing to work through agencies because they are disillusioned with permanent work, research has found.
Updated to reflect that, from April 2017, overseas criminal record certificates must be provided by tier 2 visa applicants and their adult dependants.
With the Conservative Government determined to keep tight control of public sector pay for the rest of the Parliament, awards in the sector are set to remain subdued.
Updated to include reference to NHS England's guidance for primary care providers on whistleblowing.
Updated to include draft Regulations requiring specified public authorities to publish gender pay gap information.
Updated to include information on Sir Keith Pearson's review into medical revalidation and the GMC's response.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on apprenticeship targets for public-sector bodies.
The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers in England to report on their gender pay gap have been published.
Updated to take into account the publication of Regulations that define important public services for industrial action ballots and the draft revised Code of practice on industrial action ballots and notice to employers.
In McTigue v University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust  IRLR 742 EAT, the EAT held that, in order for a claimant to be a "worker" within the meaning of the extended "whistleblower" definition in s.43K of the Employment Rights Act 1996, all that is required is that the end user substantially determined the terms under which the claimant carried out his or her work. It is not necessary to show that the end user determined those terms to any greater or lesser degree than the agency, of whom the claimant might also be an employee or worker.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the health sectors in England and Wales and Scotland.
Julie Steele qualified as a solicitor in 2006, specialising in employment law, and is now a freelance legal editor.