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Rogue employees and data breaches – when is an employer liable?
06/04/20
The Supreme Court has determined that an otherwise blameless employer should not be vicariously liable where a rogue employee stole HR information relating to colleagues, as part of a vendetta against his employer.
Health and social care
COVID-19: Real estate FAQs
03/04/20
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a number of challenges for landlords and tenants, and we are advising on the issues arising from the restrictions in place. Here we set out the FAQs together with some practical options.
Housing
COVID-19: How to keep a planning permission alive
03/04/20
COVID-19 may result in planning and construction projects being halted by the authorities. We have identified key struggles housing providers will face when aiming to keep their planning permission, and set out a proactive approach to overcome each issue.
Health and social care
COVID-19 and the Mental Capacity Act
02/04/20
COVID-19 poses significant resource and logistics challenges for all those who work with protected parties who lack capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Here we explore how the principles of the MCA 2005, are to operate in a COVID-19 environment.
Health and social care
COVID-19: Making emergency service changes in response to the pandemic
02/04/20
Some NHS Trusts have already announced emergency service changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically these changes are a response to an increase in the numbers of patients and a decrease in staff numbers due to sickness/self-isolation.
Housing
Repairs, disrepair and despair: Obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic
02/04/20
Social distancing measures pose challenges to landlords in meeting their contractual and statutory obligations in relation to repairs and safety inspections— we look at the legal position and what this means for RPs.
Housing
Dealing with anti-social behaviour during COVID-19 lockdown
02/04/20
It has been widely publicised that ASB cases are likely to rise during lockdown as tensions build. We discuss what this means for RPs who have obligations in tackling ASB in accordance with policy, procedures and regulation.
Health and social care
COVID-19: Discharge processes
01/04/20
The anticipated strain on acute beds, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has meant that hospitals need to ensure beds are used only for those patients strictly in need of in-hospital clinical care.
Health and social care
COVID-19 and the Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding
01/04/20
The Coronavirus Act 2020 effectively suspends CCG’s and NHS Trust’s duties to carry out assessments under Regulations 21 and 28 of the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups Regulations 2012, and the CHC Framework.
Health and social care
The Coronavirus Act 2020: Key provisions for healthcare organisations
01/04/20
The Coronavirus Act gives the government the power to take urgent action to tackle the issues caused by the virus. We highlight the key provisions in healthcare, including the ongoing changes the Act brings and how it may impact your organisation.
Housing
COVID-19: The new gas safety guidance – a risk based approach
31/03/20
Due to COVID-19, many social landlords have been clarifying their responsibilities to The Gas Safety Regulations. The new guidance emphasises the need to engage with tenants in a “pragmatic, common-sense approach” to meet regulatory requirements.
Housing
Top tips when considering your procurement options for COVID-19 issues
31/03/20
For housing providers reviewing contracts and their procurement options as a result of COVID-19 issues, we recommend using the Cabinet Office PPN 01/20 as a useful “checklist” of your options. We set out some practical tips and guidance to consider.