New “Test and Trace” service could leave employers without staff for 14 days

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 29 May 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Whistleblowing | The law and best practice for employers

For employers, learning of potential wrongdoing being committed within your organisation can be incredibly unnerving. The law gives certain statutory protections to workers who ‘blow the whistle’, which can make employers feel as though their hands are tied. However, there are a number of requirements that workers must satisfy before they qualify for this protection. […]

Costly mistakes | Top 5 recent health and safety fines

The financial penalties for health and safety breaches are rising… and fast. In the last couple of months, several organisations across a variety of sectors have been handed some pretty eye-watering fines for occurrences that could have been prevented had risk been adequately assessed and reasonable precautions put in place. Get your FREE consultation The […]

Care Home Guilty of Fire Safety Offences

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The owner of a care home has been sentenced after admitting fire safety failures following a devastating fire. The cause of the fire was found to be from an electrical fault, which quickly spread to the roof. At the time, 35 elderly residents were in the home; 30 were not independently mobile and five were […]

How to prepare for a CQC inspection

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) acts as an independent regulator of health and social care. Its inspection regime aims to ensure that the quality of care provided is fit for purpose. CQC inspections can be a daunting prospect for organisations, but don’t panic – by taking the necessary steps beforehand, the process can run smoothly. […]

HSE Issues Platform Lift Safety Alert

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The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety warning after lives have been put at risk through bad-habit use of platform lifts. What are platform lifts? Platform lifts are vertical lifting platforms. Like traditional passenger lifts, they provide access between floors. Platform lifts are hydraulically or electrically powered and usually operate over two to […]

SLEEP-IN SHIFTS | Carers granted right to appeal

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As the protracted legal battle between Mencap and UNISON continues, the Supreme Court has now granted carers the right to appeal its earlier decision regarding pay for sleep-in shifts. The story so far A 2017 tribunal ruling concluded that staff who work sleep-in shifts should be paid the National Minimum Wage for the hours they […]

CARE | Manual Handling in Homes

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Care home employees typically spend a lot of time moving and handling. For example, helping residents move or moving equipment. No matter what the task is, it is essential that carers know how to carry out  tasks safely and correctly. They should know how to assist someone in a wheelchair, help someone to sit up […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for the Care sector

Owners and managers of care companies, juggling multiple functions and responsibilities, often overlook Health & Safety regulations.    But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty – the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states employers must protect employees and […]