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The Employment Court has upheld a claim by 11 staff of two boarding colleges for extra pay relating to sleepovers. They were required to be available to attend to incidents in the boarding houses of their schools over night.
The Court held that the Minimum Wages Act applied to the staff even though they were paid a salary rather than hourly wages. It found they were entitled to the… Continue reading
A first time school principal found herself in conflict with her Board and was working though performance and discipline issues. Part way through that process a sub-committee of the Board took it upon themselves (without any delegated authority) to summarily dismiss the Principal without putting any allegations to her or giving her any opportunity to respond.
The Employment Relations Authority has had no difficulty in ordering her immediate interim… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has deregistered a teacher convicted of unlawful sexual acts with children (male and female) over a 14-year period.
The teacher is serving a long prison sentence arising from these offences.
The Tribunal found that there is of course no place in the profession for such a person and ordered his deregistration… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has been referred a teacher convicted of paying to watch a person under 18 years old have sex with her boyfriend on two occasions.
The Teacher had been approached by the boyfriend, and had not known that the female was under 18. He had been sentenced to 100 hours community service by the District Court.
The Tribunal found that his being convicted of a… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has decided not to deregister a teacher convicted of a series of drink driving offences, despite their seriousness.
The Tribunal found that the teacher has successfully undertaken two drug and alcohol courses following his latest conviction, and it was satisfied that a monitoring regime would protect the public while allowing the young teacher to continue in the profession.
The teacher was censured, had his… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has had no difficulty in finding a teacher guilty of serious misconduct for allowing a student to sleep in his bed.
The teacher accepted that the behaviour was inappropriate and indicated that he did not wish to retain his registration as he was no longer in the profession.
The Tribunal agreed that the teacher had failed to maintain professional boundaries, that he was unsafe… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a female teacher guilty of serious misconduct for inappropriate behaviour with a male student including texting, hugging, kissing, discussing personal matters, and allowing the student to board at her home.
The teacher had in effect been suspended for three years leading up to the hearing of the charges, so the Tribunal did not impose a further suspension, but required her to inform prospective… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has found a teacher guilty of pinching, grabbing, and yelling at students in her class. The teacher was very remorseful, admitted the facts, resigned her position and advised that she would not return to teaching.
The Tribunal found her guilty of serious misconduct and imposed conditions on her if she did seek to return to teaching.
She must notify any prospective employer of the… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended a teacher for 12 months after it found him guilty of serious misconduct for actions which brought the profession into disrepute.
The teacher had exchanged text messages with a female student, met her outside of school, taken her to his home, drank alcohol with her, inappropriately touched her, slept in the same room as her, and undressed to his underwear.
The teacher… Continue reading
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal in a recent case has warned teachers that they have no right to silence when facing disciplinary allegations and have a duty to cooperate at all stages with the investigation.
Teachers electing not to give evidence in the future may find themselves subject to adverse inferences being drawn by the Tribunal, regarding the failure to give evidence, as they should be aware of their obligations… Continue reading
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