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22 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, News

Celebrating the Care Innovation Challenge

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Some of our lawyers at the Care Innovation Challenge final in London. Pictured are James Sage, Nicola Radcliffe, Mei-Ling Huang and Bharti Moore with the winners, Team Orchard (Rachel Smith, Jordan Smith and Subhaan Iqbal).

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16 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Tackling Subject Access Requests from staff – top tips for employers

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Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, we have experienced a considerable rise in the number of Subject Access Requests (SAR) made to our employer clients. Requests can be burdensome, time-consuming and costly to deal with but there are some practical ways to minimise these problems.

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2 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Events, Health & Social Care

Annual employment law update for care providers | Surrey and Bristol

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Royds Withy King’s Health & Social Care team are delighted to invite you to our annual employment law update which will take place in Bristol and Surrey.

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3 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, News

Royds Withy King named as founding legal partner for the Care Innovation Hub

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Law firm Royds Withy King, a leading provider of legal services to the social care sector, has been named as founding legal partner for the Care Innovation Hub (CIH).

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28 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Our important employment law update for care providers

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In this important update for care providers we will look at:

• new government guidance on how to calculate holiday pay
• Mencap sleep-in case heads to the Supreme Court
• new National Minimum Wage increases, and
• new penalty charges for “aggravated” breaches of employment rights.

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18 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, News

Study shows 128,000 new care workers needed every year to avoid crisis

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The social care sector is facing a staffing crisis with an estimate shortage of half a million workers over the next decade, reports a major new study from the trade body Care Association Alliance and law firm Royds Withy King. …

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13 December 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Key employment law issues for pharmacies

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2018 has brought a few changes in employment law which are directly relevant to pharmacy owners. More changes are still to come, with post-Brexit immigration system – which is expected to be unveiled this month – likely to affect workforce in the pharmacy and broader healthcare sector. Our Health & Social Care team brings you a roundup of the changes and steps you can take now to mitigate risks.

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7 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Brexit immigration policy: Will it exacerbate the care sector workforce crisis?

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The Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) latest report makes a number of alarming recommendations for EU migration after Brexit, and if adopted by the Government will exacerbate the care sector workforce crisis.

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23 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Social Care Compliance Scheme: HMRC creates confusion

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Last month, in Royal Mencap Society-v-Tomlinson-Blake, the Court of Appeal held that ‘sleep-in’ shifts were not subject to the National Minimum Wage. The ruling, while providing welcome relief for care providers, left a few questions unanswered. One of them was how HMRC proposed to deal with providers who had joined the Social Care Compliance Scheme. HMRC has now provided further guidance, but has it brought any clarity?

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18 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Court of Appeal in landmark ruling that sleep-in shifts are not subject to the National Minimum Wage – has the crisis been averted?

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In Royal Mencap Society-v-Tomlinson-Blake, the Court of Appeal held that ‘sleep-in’ are not subject to the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Overturning a significant body of case-law, the Court of Appeal ruled that the National Minimum Wage is only payable when staff are awake and actually working, not when they are asleep and only available for work. In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal relied heavily on reports by the Low Pay Commission to support its interpretation of the National Minimum Wage Regulations.

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Court of Appeal tells care providers that ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not subject to the National Minimum Wage

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The Court of Appeal has today delivered care providers a lifeline, saying that they do not have to pay staff the National Minimum Wage when working ‘sleep-in’ shifts. The decision lifts an estimated £400m burden from care providers that would …

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20 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Is on-call time ‘working time’?

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The issue of whether ‘standby’ (on-call) time is working time was recently considered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Belgian case of Ville de Nivelles v Matzak.

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