Re-employing ex-employees: the HR considerations

17 March 2022

Since the repeal of the laws mandating vaccination for those in care homes and wider health and social care, in England on 15 March 2022, employers in care homes are faced with the difficult decision as to whether or not they should re-employ unvaccinated staff they dismissed and on what terms to do this.

Pressure mounts to speed up progress on autism care

11 March 2022

Since the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011 and the uncovering of abuse at Whorlton Hall in 2019, there has been a recognition that the system needs to be reformed to prevent more failings in care for people with learning disabilities and autism. Last year the Government admitted that the pandemic had been a “setback” in efforts to reach this goal. By the end of last year there were suggestions that too little progress had been made in providing this group with the right, appropriate care. Christine Grey investigates the issue of whether policy and legislative reform achieved during 2021 will drive real change in care provision this year.

Understanding Employee Assistance Programmes

10 March 2022

Employee Assistance Programmes, or EAPs, are designed to assist employees with personal or work-related concerns and matters that may impact their job performance or wellbeing, such as difficulties with mental health. The services operate as a separate body to an employer, offering free and confidential assessments, short-term counselling, referrals and follow-up services for employees. Their primary aim is to help guide employees through situations in a way that provides the individual with the necessary support to avoid a negative impact on their work life and health.

Accidents and the duty to report under RIDDOR

8 March 2022

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 place a legal duty on employers in the UK to report certain work-related accidents and safety incidents to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE may then take action, where appropriate, such as launching an investigation. Martin Hodgson looks at what care managers need to do to comply with the regulations.

What can HR do during the conflict in Ukraine?

7 March 2022

As the situation in Ukraine continues, this is going to be an extremely difficult time for some employees who are personally affected by the events reported in Ukraine and for employees who may be concerned about the implications from a wider perspective.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

4 March 2022

The risks from Covid-19 are still very much present in the workplace and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.

Statutory payments increasing in April

4 March 2022

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, as well as other statutory payments, will be rising next month. This comes at a time of significant increases to the cost of living and will be welcomed by low-income earners across the UK.

Government moves to end Covid isolation requirements

14 February 2022

On 9 February 2022, Boris Johnson announced that he expects to end all Covid restrictions in England by the end of February. The current regulations, including the legal requirement for Covid cases to self-isolate for at least five full days and for SSP to be paid from day one for Covid-related absences, are in place until 24 March 2022.

Preventing scalding and burns in adult social care

9 February 2022

In November 2021 a care home in England was fined more than £1m for corporate manslaughter after a 93-year old resident was scalded in a bath of hot water. The resident was in the bath for around 10 minutes and suffered burns to 12% of her body. She died in hospital three days later. The police investigation found that the bath used in the fatal accident was not fitted with the correct type of thermostatic mixing valve. In addition, the one fitted was not working correctly and had not been serviced, there was no proper bathing policy in place and staff were not adequately trained. As well as a large fine for the owner, the care home manager and the care staff concerned were given suspended jail sentences. Scalding incidents, like the one described here, are entirely avoidable in adult social care settings. Martin Hodgson looks at how care providers can ensure that their service users are safe from such painful injuries and discusses the control measures they should have in place.