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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 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Visiting supported living settings during Covid

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Visiting supported living settings

Following on from her blog about rights and responsibilities for care home visits during Covid, partner and co-head of Health & Social Care team Hazel Phillips is highlighting some of the issues that arise when considering visits to supported living settings.

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

Care home visitors: striking the balance between rights and responsibilities

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Care home visitors

With many care homes starting to think about opening up to visitors again, it is important that operators strike the right balance between their legal responsibilities to safeguard their staff and residents and the rights of their residents and families.

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22 June 2020 0 Comments Posted in Commercial, Corporate, Opinion

Board Briefing (Covid-19): Looking ahead in uncertain times

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Board Briefing June 2020

Despite the ongoing challenges faced by UK businesses, as lockdown measures ease and businesses start to re-open and adjust to a new way of working, directors across all sectors will be looking ahead and need to maintain a ‘hands on’ approach to considering, implementing and communicating key decisions.

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

Deferred payment agreements: how can care homes protect fee income whilst a property is sold?

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Deferred payment

We are regularly asked by operators whether they can protect their income where a resident cannot pay their full private fees until their property is sold. This may be particularly pertinent in the current climate where the property market has been slow.

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

Board briefing: looking ahead to mitigate risk

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Board Briefing for social care businesses

Despite the ongoing frontline challenges, you will need to look ahead, anticipate the next set of challenges and put appropriate measures in place to protect your organisation.

Our Health & Social Care team has prepared a Briefing for Boards, CEOs and in-house counsel in the social care sector to help you identify risks that may lie ahead and deal with them appropriately to minimise the impact.

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

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

The new MCA and DoLS guidance: what care providers need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

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On 9 April 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published new Guidance for care homes and hospitals entitled: “Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic”.

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