All employers have health and safety duties to take reasonable steps to reduce workplace risks for their staff and vaccination is an important part of reducing the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted in the workplace.
It is always sensible to revisit and review your Parent Contracts on a regular basis to make sure that they reflect recent legal developments and changes and work as best as they can for your School. This is even more important now as we all grapple with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I frequently give advice to employers about the risks of not following scrupulously fair disciplinary procedures, even in cases which look like a slam-dunk. Occasionally they look on me with eyes of disbelief as I explain that following procedures avoids unanticipated future problems. Then every so often a case comes along that proves the point.
As part of your response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may have taken steps to discourage all but essential visitors to your place of work, but to collect data about those individuals that you have met. For the great majority of us, there is no law that says you must. Collecting data like this is voluntary, but if you do collect it, then the next question is, what should you do with it.
It is commonplace when an employee leaves his old employer to join a competitor, in breach of an arguably unenforceable restrictive covenant, that the old employer threatens to sue not only the transferring employee, but also the new employer.