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Contract and covid

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by JSutton123, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. JSutton123

    JSutton123 New commenter

    I am due to start a new job in 2 weeks and am becoming more anxious due to rising infections. My husband and grownup daughters are telling me not to go. Where do I stand legally?
  2. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    You need to start work on the date stated or request to be released for your contract now so school can replace you.
    DaisysLot, Pomza, agathamorse and 2 others like this.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    What will your job be? (Strange time to start a teaching contract.)
    What sort of school will you be in? (Primary, special, secondary????)

    Some workplaces are far safer than others.
    Some roles are safer than others.
    steely1 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  4. averagedan

    averagedan Established commenter

    You'll be in breach of contract - they're unlikely to sue, as it's hassle and money for little purpose.

    But you won't get a job in the area again for a while - I've seen this happen. Heads know each other and talk, you'll be blacklisted to anyone in their professional circle.

    Would not recommend.
  5. install

    install Star commenter

    Email them if you are self isolating. Or let them you know you don’t want the job if you won’t be turning up.
  6. JJ83

    JJ83 Occasional commenter

    How would it be different from where you are currently working? You applied for the job for a reason I would go for it, there are no guarantees in life that you are ever making the right decision
    Good luck
  7. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    Schools are deemed ‘safe’ at the moment to open, so therefore (unless you have to self-isolate) you need to make every effort to turn up for work on your first day.
    Piranha and Pomza like this.
  8. JSutton123

    JSutton123 New commenter

    Thanks. Sorted.
    install likes this.
  9. JSutton123

    JSutton123 New commenter

    Well thanks for that.
  10. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    I guess it’s pretty simple:

    If you need the money, go to work.

    If you don’t, then do whatever you like.

    legality doesn’t really come into it. Yes, you may be in breach of contract if you give only this short notice, but they won’t ever do anything about it. If you tell them in advance, they’ll probably just release you from the obligation anyway.
  11. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    You’re starting a new job, but you’re taking the advice of others to not go to work, WHEN it is ‘safe’ to do so. The government would close schools down and implement other provisions if it wasn’t safe.....
  12. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    From your other threads, you've already retired twice. If you really do not need the money, contact the school and tell them you no longer wish to have the job. If you want to work again probably best to wait until next year.
    monicabilongame, DaisysLot and Pomza like this.
  13. JSutton123

    JSutton123 New commenter

    Thanks, you’re right.
  14. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    You're welcome. Hope it all works out.
  15. Qwerty139

    Qwerty139 New commenter

    The government is making things up as they go...Just because the gov says it’s safe doesn’t mean it is....just look at the infection rate at universities....
  16. JSutton123

    JSutton123 New commenter

    You think they know best.
  17. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    So, what's the outcome?
  18. letap

    letap Occasional commenter

    Ignore the keyboard warrior comments - in these times you are very much entitled to make your judgements about health risk especially as there is no absolute certainty with regards to Covid 19.
    tall tales likes this.

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