Investigating cases of potential unconscious bias

8 December 2021

Discrimination of any kind should not happen. When it does, employers need to take swift and robust action against the perpetrator(s). However, here we look at how to proceed if the discrimination is not overt, or obvious, but comes from an unconsciously held bias that taints the decisions an employee makes.

Domestic elder abuse — a hidden issue

8 December 2021

Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that domestic abuse affected 2.3 million people in England and Wales in 2019 to 2020. However, domestic abuse of older people has until recently remained a hidden issue, often invisible to professionals and services. Christine Grey investigates.

Cold weather risks in the care sector

6 December 2021

Storm Arwen, which hit the UK in November, has already brought extreme winter weather this year, including high winds, snow and bitter cold. It left widespread disruption in its wake, including power cuts for large numbers of people. What are the risks to care provision during the winter months and what do providers have to do to ensure the safety of their staff and service users? Martin Hodgson investigates.

9 tips and key things care managers need to know about volunteers

26 November 2021

In comparison to hospices or acute hospitals, volunteering has been underdeveloped in some care settings. With over 100,000 existing vacancies across the social care sector in England and 60,000 more predicted by the National Care Association due to the mandatory Covid vaccination requirement, one in 10 social care posts could be vacant by the end of the year. It is envisaged considerable numbers of volunteers will be needed to help buoy up staff shortages. Deborah Bellamy suggests tips and key things care managers should know about volunteers and ensuring their health and safety in accordance with updated HSE guidance.

Can staff refuse testing and vaccines?

12 November 2021

Researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, Opeyemi Ogundeji, details how employers can deal with a situation where staff refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine and/or partake in in-house testing.

Your carbon footprint hidden in plain sight

12 November 2021

During the journey of reducing carbon emissions, your business may face harsh realities where carbon audits reveal much more than direct operational and logistical emissions. With the UK pledging to reach net zero by 2050, putting pressure on businesses to improve their office operation, Max Starr provides quick and easy tips to help reduce your digital carbon footprint.

Menopause: raising awareness in the workplace

5 November 2021

Treating women as equal to men does not mean treating the two sexes the same. Women are different biologically and this may need to be taken into account at work. Gordon Tranter investigates how the menopause can affect women’s health in the workplace and suggests how employers can provide support to enable women to continue to work comfortably and productively during this time.

Low paying employers facing significant wage bill increases

29 October 2021

With promising signs of the economy picking up from the ravages of Covid, many were eager to see what the budget had in store for them. The £3.8 billion for skills improvements in adults, especially numeracy, has certainly been a bonus for employees, as employers have previously reported that school leavers lack basic skills. Some, however, will be wary of the increase in the national minimum and living wage, and what that will mean for profits.

Daylight saving time — the implications for employers and shifts

27 October 2021

With daylight saving time coming to an end at 2am on Sunday 31 October 2021, and starting again at 1am on Sunday 27 March 2022, employers should decide what this means for staff who are working when the clocks change. Stacie Cheadle, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines the points to consider.

NHS Covid Pass system launched

7 October 2021

The Government has launched a new NHS Covid Pass system which individuals are expected to use as evidence to confirm their Covid and vaccination status, and to apply for a permanent medical exemption from receiving the vaccine.