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Cap on public sector exit payments—Guidance and HM Treasury Direction published
30/10/20
The draft Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020, capping public sector exit payments at £95,000 will come into force on 4 November. The accompanying Government Guidance and HM Treasury Directions have now been published.
Insurance
NHS healthcare
Supreme Court reaffirms illegality doctrine in negligence claims
30/10/20
The Supreme Court confirmed that a claimant cannot recover damages for loss as a result of having committed a criminal offence, thus reinforcing the long established state of the law. We summarise the case, the decision and what it means for you.
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.
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.
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
Who Pays? New guidance on responsibility for NHS payments to providers
07/09/20
The updated Who Pays? guidance sets out a framework for determining which NHS body is responsible for paying a healthcare service provider for an individual’s care or treatment. All CCGs must have regard to the guidance.
NHS healthcare
Clinical Law Insight: Summer 2020
12/08/20
Welcome to the latest edition of our Clinical Law Insight, in which we consider developments in clinical negligence claims, inquests and the healthcare advisory sector.
NHS healthcare
Private health and social care
‘First Do No Harm’ - the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
11/08/20
‘First Do No Harm’, the long-awaited report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review has been published, including recommendations around apologies, redress, specialist care, data collection and the role of the MHRA.
NHS healthcare
Professional regulatory
Reminder that only in exceptional circumstances will time for appeal be extended
07/08/20
In Gupta v General Medical Council [2020] EWHC 38 (Admin), the Court struck out a doctor’s appeal on the basis that it had been brought out of time.