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25 September 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Essential care sector update on National Minimum Wage compliance

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Calculating wages and taxes

A flurry of recent court rulings on compliance with the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) highlight the complexity of this area of law and the need for care providers to check their pay arrangements are compliant.

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25 August 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Survey highlights importance of robust Covid-19 whistleblowing policy

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Care worker

A recent study by the Daily Express indicated that there has been a significant increase (66%) in complaints made by care staff to CQC during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the majority of concerns raised relating to infection control, social distancing and a lack of PPE.

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21 August 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Return of shielders hampered by lack of Government guidance for care providers

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Return to work after coronavirus

From 1 August, the Government “paused” shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable. Shielding employees can return to work if their workplace is “Covid-secure” but should work from home wherever possible.

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8 June 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Key dates for care providers using the furlough scheme

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Key dates for care providers

With approximately 8.4m jobs furloughed, roughly ¼ of the total jobs in the UK, and 1m employers furloughing, costing the Government £15bn, it was inevitable that some changes would have to be made to the furlough scheme. However, the announcements are less draconian than many had feared.

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20 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Covid-19 update: Managing health and safety concerns

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Coronavirus and social care

The pandemic has given rise to a range of issues that could give staff concerns about their health and safety at work, including PPE shortages, lack of testing, outbreaks amongst staff and clients, and the increased risk they face due to underlying health conditions, age or pregnancy if infected.

It is critical that you are able to identify and deal appropriately with any health and safety concerns to minimise the risk of potential Employment Tribunal claims.

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Covid-19 update: Furlough and holiday pay savings

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Covid-19 update

Our May 2020 employment law update for health and social care providers includes an update on the Job Retention Scheme, details of potential cost savings where staff take holiday during furlough leave and the latest guidance on the SSP rebate scheme.

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22 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Job Retention Scheme: essential update for care providers

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Coronavirus and social care

Amid a flurry of new guidance published at the end of last week, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal went live on Monday 20 April, enabling employers to submit their claims for furlough pay to HMRC.

Below is an essential update for care providers issued by our Health & Social Care team on 22 April 2020.

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7 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

New Guidance on Job Retention Scheme leaves key questions unanswered (again)

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Coronavirus and social care

More clarification required from the Government in relation to the eligibility of social care businesses for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

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6 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Social care workforce: new recruitment lifeline?

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Social Care: Now hiring

New government guidance provides a possible lifeline to care providers struggling to recruit staff.

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31 March 2020 1 Comment Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Guidance on Job Retention Scheme leaves key questions unanswered

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Coronavirus and social care

On Thursday 26 March the Government released new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which provided some useful clarification but unfortunately left some important questions unanswered.

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Covid-19 FAQs: Managing your care workforce

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Covid-19 FAQs: Managing your care workforce

We have been providing extensive advice to care providers on managing the workforce issues arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are our answers to some FAQs we have received.

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30 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, News

Call for Government to urgently clarify Job Retention Scheme eligibility requirements for health and social care providers

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On Thursday 26 March the Government released new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). In so doing, it has created significant uncertainty as to whether health and social care providers are eligible under the Job Retention Scheme which allows businesses to designate workers as furloughed and recover 80% of their wages from the Government.

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