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The Good Work Plan

The Good Work Plan is a government policy that aims to improve workers’ rights. In the Good Work Plan there are legislative changes to employment law, which came into effect on 6 April 2020. Due to COVID-19, the focus has been on supporting Government restrictions and the impact on staff but now schools are re-opening we need to… Read more »

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Changes to critically vulnerable categories Please find an additional update with our latest guidance related to the ever-changing world of COVID-19! You may have seen in the press, over the past few days, that various categories of health conditions have been removed by the government from the shielding programme in England.  These include some people… Read more »

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Furlough Update

We are aware that some schools are already using or are considering using the government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CRJS) to furlough workers in particular staff in Breakfast & After School Club funded by parents. The current advice from the LGA is that there remains a lack of clarity over the eligibility of employees with… Read more »

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Do employees have a right to be notified if a colleague has suspected or diagnosed Covid-19? No, there is no specific right. As the employer, you owe the colleague a duty of confidentiality and data privacy obligations which would ordinarily mean that you should not disclose details about their health. However, you have a duty… Read more »

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FAQ’s for the reopening of schools from 1st June 2020

Following the Government announcement on Sunday 10th May 2020, schools are now starting to plan for wider re-opening as of 1st June 2020. We understand that engaging with staff about returning to school is a complex matter especially those that fall into different categories associating with vulnerability. Heads HR have created a list of frequent… Read more »

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday and subsequent guidance issued yesterday I am sure you have many questions about the impact on your school staff and community.  Our team at Heads HR are currently reviewing the latest guidance below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings We do understand these are extremely complex… Read more »

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A Message to Heads HR Clients about COVID-19

As COVID-19 has grown to pandemic level Heads HR are closely monitoring the public health emergency and are following all recommendations from World Heath Organisation and Government Guidance. This inevitably means eliminating site visits and conducting business remotely. At Heads HR, it is important to us that you continue to receive the same level of… Read more »

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Headteacher’s Dismissal For Failing To Disclose Relationship With Sex Offender Is Justified

In Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Supreme Court considered whether the failure by Ms Reilly, a headteacher at a maintained primary school, to disclose to the school governors her relationship with someone who had been convicted of making indecent images of children was a sufficient reason for her dismissal. Facts Ms Reilly was appointed… Read more »

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Bereavement Leave Update

The government has published the statutory instruments which implement two weeks’ paid bereavement leave for parents upon the death of a child aged under 18. The parental bereavement leave and pay regulations, which will also be known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of a child whose mother campaigned on the issue, will implement a statutory… Read more »

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Gay Headteacher Succeeds In Unfair Dismissal and Discriminations Claims Due To Biased Disciplinary Process

Serious failings and bias throughout the disciplinary process entitled a gay head teacher to resign and claim constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Facts In The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary School v Aplin, Mr Aplin was a 42 year old openly gay head teacher at a primary school. He met two 17 year old boys… Read more »

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