Articles from Karen Roberts

Reasonable adjustments: do you have to maintain the pay rate of an employee who has moved to a lower paid job because of their disability?

In Aleem v E-Act Academy Trust Limited, the Employment Appeals Tribunal confirmed that a school didn't have to continue to pay a teacher at their previous higher rate of pay after being moved to a lower paid role because of their disability.

Irwin Mitchell Advise Boston College on new college campus for adult learners in Horncastle, Lincolnshire

National law firm @IrwinMitchell is advising @BostonCollegeUK in its partnership with East Lindsey District Council to create a new college campus for adult learning, including digital skills, and a public sector hub in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.

Why is menopause an issue for colleges?

Last month, Channel 4 aired a documentary - Sex, Myths and the Menopause, presented by Davina McColl. It revealed that many women experiencing menopausal symptoms are wrongly diagnosed and are prescribed medicines that don't tackle the core issue. Even those women who know that their symptoms are caused by menopause are often deterred from taking HRT because they are worried about developing breast cancer. In fact, only one in ten women take HRT in the UK despite overwhelming evidence that HRT has huge health benefits for most women and carries very few risks. 

Everyone's invited: what's the best way for colleges to respond to allegations against members of staff?

Allegations that many schools, colleges and universities have a 'rape culture' have dominated news headlines. The website everyone's invited has published thousands of anonymous online testimonies in which young people detail their accounts of sexual harassment, rape, abuse and assault. 

New rules on face masks - another health and safety landmine for schools and colleges to navigate

As we know the government announced that a number of restrictions are being lifted today (Monday 17 May 2021), in line with 'step three' of its roadmap out of lockdown. In the context of education, it said that school pupils and college students won't have to wear masks in the classroom or communal areas, and has published new guidance on face coverings in education. It also recommends that staff should ditch their masks when teaching in classrooms but continue to wear them outside of classrooms where social distancing isn't possible. 

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