New Term-time Working Policy and Updated Drugs Policy

June 2016

Term-time Working 

This month we have updated our Term-time Working Employment Contract and added a new Term-time Working Policy.

Under a term-time working contract, the employee works only during the periods that coincide with school terms and is not normally required to work during school holidays.

Although employees who are employed on a term-time basis only work for part of the year, they remain employees throughout the whole year and the whole year counts toward their continuity of employment. Salary payments are made in 12 monthly or 52 weekly equal instalments, with the pay for the term-time periods of work spread out over the calendar year.

As term-time working is essentially a form of part-time working, term-time workers are protected under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations. This means that employees who work on a term time working basis are entitled to the same terms and conditions as full-time employees, on a pro rata basis.

The Simply-Docs Term-time Working Policy should be read in conjunction with the Flexible Working Policy, which sets down the procedure to be followed in making a flexible working request.

Updated Drugs Policy to include “legal highs”

Also new this month, is an updated Drugs Policy which now refers to psychoactive substances or “legal highs”. “Legal highs” are substances that have similar effects to banned drugs, such as cocaine or cannabis and which carry significant health risks, as they often contain ingredients which have never been used in drugs for human consumption before.

The Simply-docs Drugs Policy has been updated to take account of The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which came into force on 26 May 2016. The Act makes it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply, import or export any psychoactive substance if it is likely to be consumed for its mind-altering properties.

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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