Coronavirus in care settings

20 April 2021

What is coronavirus and what can care providers do to keep their service users and staff safe? This article provides a round-up of essential information for care settings, including PPE, testing, high-risk individuals, visiting and social distancing.

Health, safety and goodwill during Ramadan

9 April 2021

At Ramadan, participating employees often have to manage extra physical and mental stresses, fatigue and dehydration. Jon Herbert describes how flexibility, discussion and forward planning from employers can help everyone involved.

Five ways to support your employees during Ramadan

7 April 2021

Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic Calendar during which Muslims partake in religious observance, including ritual fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, Ramadan is expected to run from 12 April to 12 May 2021 and we have outlined some key ways to support staff during this period.

Sleep-in carers not entitled to NMW whilst asleep — case details

1 April 2021

In a long-standing case, Tomlinson-Blake v Royal Mencap Society, the Supreme Court (SC) has held that “sleep-in” carers are not entitled to receive national minimum wage (NMW) for the hours they spend asleep and are therefore not working. Here, we discuss the details of the case.

The Covid-19 effect on long-term reform in adult social care

31 March 2021

A new inquiry has been launched by the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) to examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the social care sector and its long-term funding. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2021, with information on how to give evidence here.

Sleep-in payments and the National Minimum Wage

24 March 2021

Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i reviews the recent Supreme Court findings on the payment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to workers on “sleep-in” shifts and discusses the practical complexities facing employers following this landmark ruling.

How to furlough employees from November 2020 onwards

12 March 2021

In March 2020, the Government announced its plans for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time through the Job Retention Scheme (furlough). This guide explores what employers need to know for furloughing employees from November 2020 onwards.