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Video: COVID-19 and staff wellbeing
27/10/20
With the return to homeworking, employers are increasingly considering the risk to the mental health and wellbeing of staff. We look at risk assessments and employer’s statutory and common law duty of care in respect the mental health and safety of staff.
Housing
Court of Appeal ends controversy around Notices to Quit following death of a tenant
23/10/20
In a recent decision where Capsticks acted on behalf of the landlord, the Court of Appeal resolved the thorny issue concerning service of a copy of the Notice to Quit on the public trustee as well as the personal representatives.
Emergency services
Housing
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
COVID-19 FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
23/10/20
The Government announced the launch of the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), where employers can “furlough” staff and HMRC will reimburse up to 80% of the employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Emergency services
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
23/10/20
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant workforce issues for healthcare organisations regarding the services they provide and the risks to staff. Here we share our FAQs in relation to these policies and communications with staff generally.
Housing
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
Professional regulatory
Lessons learnt from the ICO’s data protection fine against British Airways
19/10/20
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its monetary penalty notice against British Airways (BA), in a sum of £20 million. We summarise the incident, the key points of the notice and what to take away.
NHS healthcare
Staff wellbeing during the pandemic and legal considerations for employers
19/10/20
The Government’s announcement that as COVID-19 infection rates rise, workers who can work from home should do so, will cause many employers to reassess their staffing requirements and refresh their efforts in respect of wellbeing.
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Emergency services
NHS healthcare
Cap on public sector exit payments in force from 4 November
15/10/20
The draft Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”), capping public sector exit payments at £95,000, have now been approved by Parliament, and will come into force on 4 November.
Housing
Housing case law - October 2020
15/10/20
Read our monthly housing case law update, which includes recent cases from courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the #ukhousing sector.
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Insurance
Claims for psychiatric injury in the workplace
13/10/20
[Updated article] There are a growing number of claims for psychiatric injury from employees who feel overworked and under supported (as well as being bullied or harassed) in the workplace.
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Employment Tribunal rules that a bank worker was entitled to full pay during period of suspension
12/10/20
In Ibrahim v Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, an Employment Tribunal has held that a bank worker was entitled to receive full pay whilst suspended.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Court of Appeal decides on assessing the value of accommodation claims
09/10/20
The Court of Appeal has now handed down the ruling in Swift v Carpenter and set out a new way of assessing the value of claims for accommodation. It has departed from the established methodology previously laid down in the case of Roberts v Johnstone.
Housing
Key considerations for stock transfer deals during the COVID-19 pandemic
07/10/20
With large numbers of homes expected to change hands over the coming 12–18 months, we consider what housing providers need to do to factor the current COVID-19 pandemic into their planning process.