GDPR for schools: Roundtable discussion with the ICO

Victoria Cetinkaya, a Senior Policy Officer from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) responsible for policy and engagement with the education sector and a number of local Independent Schools recently attended a roundtable discussion held at Wright Hassall offices in Leamington Spa. The agenda was the upcoming data protection changes coming into effect on 25 May 2018 – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Obligations relating to disabled parking facilities

If your business occupies premises which have car parking facilities for visitors or customers, then you will be subject to specific duties under the Equality Act 2010 as an employer, a tenant or a service provider. There are no specific requirements to make provision for a certain number of disabled car parking spaces, but consideration should be given to ensuring that there are an appropriate number of spaces that are in a sensible proximity to the relevant building and that their use is policed in some way.

School computer scam: could it have been prevented?

BBC’s Panorama reported this week on a fraud by which 169 schools up and down the country have been scammed by signing up to leases in return for ‘free’ computer equipment. The debate is heating up over whether teaching professionals ought to be involved in such high value purchasing, but anyone can be scammed if they don’t carry out sensible due diligence and think about advice on a legally binding commitment.

Age discrimination

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1 October 2006 made direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of age unlawful unless objectively justified. In 2011 the default retirement age (DRA) and procedure to retire employees who reached the age of 65 was abolished by the government. Furthermore, on 10 October 2010 the Equality Act 2010 came into force protecting workers against direct age discrimination, indirect age discrimination and age harassment in the workplace.

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