Public Sector Bulletin - 21 October 2016


Protecting the pay of a disabled employee

Since 2010 an employer must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that an employee who has a disability is not disadvantaged in their role compared to their colleagues who are not disabled. Failure to make such reasonable adjustments amounts to discrimination.

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Personal Injury

Survey on contributory negligence

Two Oxford academics have carried out a comprehensive survey of outcomes in 368 cases where contributory negligence was raised by the Defendant at trial. The survey related to Court decisions between 2000 and 2014.

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Local policy takes precedence over small sites affordable housing exemption

Following on from a recent appeal decision in September by a Planning Inspector, it is clear that local planning policy is capable of taking authority over the written ministerial statement regarding the small sites exemption from affordable housing.

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Public Sector

CCS publishes guidance on the social and environmental factors to be considered throughout a procurement process

The Crown Commercial Service has released new guidance on the social and environmental aspects of the PCR 2015. The guidance has highlighted that contracting authorities may consider incorporating social, ethical and environmental aspects into specifications, contract conditions and award criteria.

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