Articles from Irwin Mitchell LLP

Face masks in schools and colleges - the new rules

Yesterday, the government changed its advice about wearing face masks in schools and colleges in England. Different rules apply in Scotland, and at the time of writing, the position in Wales hasn't been announced.

Self isolation legal advice for schools and colleges dealing with outbreaks

@JoMoseley1 from @irwinmitchell shares some legal advice for schools and colleges to help deal with Covid outbreaks or handling staff and pupils showing coronavirus symptoms. The autumn term has only just started and, already, schools and colleges are sending pupils and staff home because they have a cough or other coronavirus symptoms. 

Holidays and Quarantine: Top 7 School and College Questions Answered

On Saturday night, the government announced it was removing Spain from the list of countries on its travel corridor scheme. This means that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return to the UK for 14 days.

Help is urgently needed from the Government if student accommodation providers are to survive Covid-19

University and FE providers generally need to be aware that the coronavirus pandemic has placed student accommodation providers in a dire situation. Not only are accommodation providers looking at empty rooms this academic year, but 20/21 numbers are anticipated to see a drop of up to 30%.

The recklessness of failing to collectively consult

Colleges needing to make redundancies of 20 or more employees, it is important to take into account the plethora of recent case law on redundancy collective consultation.

Apprenticeships – recent changes and those on the horizon

The subject of Apprenticeships is once again firmly on the government's agenda and an area where there has been recent reform with proposals for more to come. We have summarised below the recent changes and proposals, but first here's a reminder as to what apprenticeships are and the different ways further education (FE) colleges can engage apprentices.

Does an employee have a duty to disclose their own misconduct?

Apparently not according to the recent EAT (Employment Appeal Tribunal) decision in the case of Basildon Academies v Amadi UKEAT/0343/14.

What does the future of employment law look like?

What could future employment law look like in the wake of the Queen's speech last month?

Data protection in colleges: Avoid the legal pitfalls

In recent statistics published by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the education sector has the third highest amount of data protection breaches after the health sector and local government. For the full statistics, please visit the ICO's website here.

The meaning of establishment and the duty to collectively consult

The closure of Woolworths sent shockwaves down the high-street, but it also had significant implications for employment law and particularly for FE colleges operating in more than one location.

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