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Coronavirus - the latest information and resources for school leaders

With the situation changing rapidly in reaction to the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, we've set up a central place for you to access the latest news and advice for school leaders.

Rest assured that we are firmly committed to supporting our members to the highest possible standard, without putting the health and well-being of our members or colleagues at risk.

You can access our general advice line (0300 30 30 333) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and our counselling line is open 24/7.

Sections 44 and 100 of the Employment Rights Act 1996

Employees have the right not to be subjected to a detriment by their employer should they undertake certain action in connection with securing their health and safety, or the health and safety of others. These rights are set out in legislation in the Employment Rights Act 1996. In legislation, an employee is protected against detriment when in circumstances of danger that they reasonably believed to be serious and imminent, they left, proposed to go or refused to return to their workplace. An employee is also protected when, in the same circumstances, they take appropriate steps to protect themselves or other persons from the danger. This advice note explains this legal protection available in these specific circumstances in more detail. Also, it provides some suggested steps for members to take who are considering using the mechanisms set out in the Employment Rights Act where they have concerns regarding safety in their particular workplace.

First published 10 September 2021