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DHSC releases guidance on temporary vaccine exemptions

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Partner and head of Health & Social Care James Sage explains the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care on vaccine exemptions.

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Mandatory vaccination: What the DHSC Guidance DOESN’T tell you

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The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Guidance on mandatory vaccination provides some useful guidance for providers but leaves a number of key questions unanswered. We consider these below and call on the DHSC to urgently provide further guidance to support providers.

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Clock ticking on mandatory vaccination: key steps to take now

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On 22 July 2021, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (the “Regulations”) became law, introducing a requirement for all care home staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Deaths in Care Homes – CQC to Release Data on all Covid-19 Deaths in English Care Homes on 21 July 2021

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On the 21st of July 2021, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will release data on Covid-related deaths notified to them between 10 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

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CQC’s plans for regulation, data and technology

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been considering current and future plans for regulation, data and technology.

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Limited exemptions for mandatory Covid vaccination

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Draft Regulations have been published requiring care home staff to be vaccinated. The Regulations will need to be approved by Parliament before becoming law, which is expected to happen in July, followed by a 16 week grace period for staff to be vaccinated after the law comes into effect.

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Care providers facing impending staffing crisis following ‘no jab, no job’ decision

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The Department of Health and Social Care has given social care providers 16 weeks to vaccinate all staff. All unvaccinated staff will have to be redeployed from frontline roles or face losing their job.

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Care providers facing impending staffing crisis following ‘no jab, no job’ decision

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Is Long Covid a disability under the Equality Act 2010?

The Department of Health and Social Care is set to give social care providers just 16 weeks to vaccinate all staff. If confirmed, all unvaccinated staff will have to be redeployed from frontline roles or face losing their job.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission gives green light to mandatory vaccines in care homes

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Contributing authors: Matthew Hendra

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its response to the Government consultation on making vaccines mandatory in care homes.

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

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Contributing authors: James Sage and Mike Thomson

The Supreme Court today (19 March 2021) gave care providers a lifeline, saying that they do not have to pay staff the National Minimum Wage when working ‘sleep-in’ shifts.

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The sleep-in pay judgment that could leave care providers with £400m bill

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Contributing authors: Mike Thomson

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In one of the most eagerly awaited judgments for the care sector, the Supreme Court has confirmed that it will hand down its decision in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake (the “Mencap case”) on Friday 19 March 2021.

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CQC consultation on regulation – what does it mean for care providers?

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At the start of the year, CQC launched a consultation, entitled “Consultation on changes for flexible regulation”, which is focused on health and social care providers. So what are the implications?

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