How to complete the CQC’s new annual Provider Information Return (PIR)

26 November 2019

In this article, which is divided into two parts, Chris Payne looks at the new arrangements for completing the CQC’s Provider Information Return, providing discussion on the new forms and guidance on how to address some of the more challenging sections and questions.

Mental health at work and suicide prevention

26 November 2019

By destigmatising the harsh realities of mental stress, October’s World Mental Health Day broke taboos around discussing why many people take their own lives. It is part of a wider drive to reassure those under duress, firstly, that they are not alone and, secondly, that help is not far away, writes Jon Herbert.

Temporary staff — fixed-term contracts and agency workers

20 November 2019

With Christmas soon approaching, hiring temporary staff may be necessary to keep operations functional. Andrew Willis, senior manager at Croner’s Litigation and Employment department details what organisations should consider before hiring provisional employees during a busier period.

Food crime reports at highest since horsemeat scandal

18 November 2019

Recent figures have shown that food unfit for human consumption is increasingly being offered for sale, food crime having risen to its highest level since the 2013 horsemeat scandal. So how can food businesses spot this worrying crime, especially during a time of major change like Brexit? Vicky Powell highlights the current expert advice on preventing food fraud in supply chains.

Christmas parties and employee misconduct — what are the dangers?

13 November 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and many employers may be looking to organise the annual Christmas party. While this should be a fun experience for everyone concerned, should they be worried about the potential for employee misconduct? Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

Christmas election — what could this mean for employment?

6 November 2019

With a General Election set for 12 December 2019, Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines previous confirmed developments to the law going forward, alongside the implications for future changes from a Conservative or Labour victory.

Should employers implement bereavement leave?

30 October 2019

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences that an individual can endure, with bereavement leave regarded as an integral part of the grieving process. Permitting leave in this situation can be well received by a workforce, but employers should always consider the implications of doing so. In this article, Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, considers how employers may implement bereavement leave.

9 ways to help prevent slips, trips and falls in care homes

29 October 2019

Slips, trips and falls are the most common causes of workplace injury in the UK, accounting for over a third of all major injuries reported each year. In the care sector, the dangers of such accidents are not only a risk to staff and volunteers but also a significant hazard to vulnerable service users.

Fancy dress at work — good idea or the stuff of nightmares?

23 October 2019

With Halloween almost upon us, some employers may want to use this as an opportunity to allow employees to wear fancy dress to work. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines what companies should bear in mind in these situations.