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4 January 2021 1 Comment Posted in Health & Social Care

Three things will make 2021 a big year for social care…

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2020 has been one of the most traumatic years for the social care sector in living memory. Whilst its impact will be long felt, care providers will be looking for clarity, security and a return to normality in 2021.

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23 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Board Briefing for social care businesses: Legal resilience for the second Covid wave

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Board Briefing for the Social Care sector

It feels like a long time since March. During the first wave, care services were put under unprecedented pressures. Now that the second wave is upon us, our Health & Social Care team is providing an update on the state of play in key areas.

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3 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Furlough Scheme extended as care sector prepares for national lockdown

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The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England from 5 November to 2 December which has led to significant changes to the employment support schemes available to employers.

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2 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Business, Employment, Opinion

Furlough Scheme extended as national lockdown announced

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The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England from 5 November to 2 December which has led to significant changes to the employment support schemes available to employers.

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1 October 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, News

MAC recommends extension to Shortage Occupation List for care sector

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The Migration Advisory Committee has today recommended that care managers and proprietors, senior care workers and nursing assistants be added to the Shortage Occupation List. It is a move that will be welcomed by a sector facing significant staffing shortages over the next decade.

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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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