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Knowledge of disability – is it safe to rely on OH reports?

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When managing staff sickness absence it is essential that you consider whether the worker has a disability. Failing to do so could create significant risk of a disability discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010.

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National care provider faces a potential multi-million pound liability in respect of consumer law breaches.

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Barchester Healthcare Limited (Barchester) is potentially facing a £12 million liability in respect of their residents’ contracts breaching consumer law.

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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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Care home prosecutions continue to rise

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In April 2015, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assumed responsibility for prosecuting providers for all health and safety related incidents. Four years on, we take a look at the situation, examine the trends and analyse the sanctions CQC has been applying.

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What will Prime Minister Boris mean for adult social care?

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Boris Johnson has taken the keys to Number 10 as the country’s new Prime Minister. But what will his premiership mean for adult social care?

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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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Tough new powers for the Competition and Markets Authority – how this affects your business

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The government has announced today that, under new powers proposed to be given to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA), businesses in breach of consumer law could be directly fined by the CMA without them having to go through the courts.

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Funding care of elderly the new political battle ground – comment from law firm Royds Withy King

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The Conservative Party has set out proposals for the future funding of the elderly. At the heart of its proposals is an increase in National Insurance payments for the over 50s and the option for wealthy homeowners to pay voluntary contributions for those wishing to secure better care should they want it.

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Pre-inquest review hearings – how can care providers be fully prepared?

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If called to attend a pre-inquest review hearing, it is vital you are fully prepared so you can contribute meaningfully to the discussions and to protect your interests.

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The inquest process – the basics for care providers

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Care is an inherently challenging area to work in. As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, following the death of a service user.

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Game, set, match… well, almost

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After an energetic game of ping pong between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was approved by the House of Lords on the 24 April 2019, which means it is now just waiting for Royal Assent before becoming law.

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Factual accuracy update: CQC rows back from imposing a 50-word limit on factual accuracy checks

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We recently reported that CQC were about to impose a severely restricted word limit on the factual accuracy process. They had not previously announced this change publicly but had posted a new factual accuracy form on line. They admitted (when asked) that they were about to impose the word limit.

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