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Coronavirus – Joint Union Guidance for Medically Higher Risk Staff

Revised guidance Coronavirus: joint union guidance for medically higher risk staff | NEU has been issued by the joint unions (NEU, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite) for use in schools and other settings for Spring/Summer 2022. It focuses particularly on the position of pregnant women, highlighting particular risk factors identified by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives and the importance of vaccination, as well as the position of those who are immunosuppressed. Please share widely.


To help members and local officers address mental health and wellbeing challenges, the NEU has published mental health and COVID-19 recovery in education which advocates a collective approach to tackling stress and poor mental health in the workplace. Please share widely.


Pregnancy and Maternity Rights, Pregnancy Loss and Pregnancy Related Ill-health


We are surveying women members on their experiences of working while pregnant. We are asking a range of questions on pregnancy, maternity leave, maternity pay, pay progression and returning to work. Respondents will also have an opportunity to tell us about their experiences of pregnancy related illness and pregnancy loss, including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion/termination and stillbirth/neonatal death.

Broader guidance on these issues and related employment rights will be developed once we’ve heard from members. In the meantime, members, reps and officers can access a new page of brief guides and signposts for support on the range of pregnancy related illnesses and pregnancy loss that members have experienced: Pregnancy Loss and Pregnancy Related Ill-health.


Updated Joint Union Covid-19 Guidance


The NEU has published updated joint advice with other education unions (Unison, Unite and GMB). It brings together the relevant public health guidance; reflects what is required by health and safety law and incorporates the joint unions’ steer on how best to implement this in education settings. The joint unions have also published updated guidance for staff at greater risk. Up-to-date workplace risk assessments are required, and we continue to place emphasis on vaccination, ventilation, and individual risk assessments for those medically at higher risk.

Supply Staff And Umbrella / Limited Companies – Revised NEU Advice


Revised NEU guidance is now available for NEU supply members on umbrella company and limited company arrangements. The guidance has been rewritten with input from HMRC and includes advice on spotting tax avoidance schemes. The NEU is clear that members do not have to agree to an umbrella or a limited company arrangement and should ask to be paid by the agency on a PAYE basis. Many supply members find that an agency will agree to PAYE rather than lose them to another agency. Please share with supply members locally.

Supporting members with long Covid


A new document that sets out the possible claims available to members with long Covid, together with a long Covid questionnaire for members, can be found here.


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