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Let teens sleep, says Oxford don

first_imgRussell Foster, a professor of neuroscience at Brasenose College, has concluded that teenagers naturally need more sleep than adults and children.Speaking up against the stereotype of teenagers being simply too lazy to get up on time, he told the BBC, “there’s a biological predisposition for going to bed late and getting up late. Clearly you can impose upon that even worse habits, but they are not lazy.”Russell said his tests showed students performed better in the afternoon. He suggested opening schools an hour later to catch pupils at their natural peak, claiming this could reduce truanting and depression.last_img read more

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Watch out for changes to grievance law

first_imgBusinesses should be aware of changes to grievance procedures, warned legal expert Ray Silverstein, in a talk on employment law at the Bakers’ Fair in Sheffield.He told visitors to the event on Sunday, 19 October, that from next April, current statutory minimum procedures will be replaced by a revised Code of Practice, to be introduced by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), together with non-statutory guidance.Most businesses currently follow a standard three-step procedure – a written statement, followed by a meeting, then an appeal meeting. According to ACAS, the new system will offer “greater flexibility”, but Silverstein believes it is “pretty vague”. He said he would advise businesses to continue to follow the current three-step procedure alongside any new guidelines.last_img read more