COVID-19: Workforce FAQs
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.
Public procurement “how to” series: Episode 3 – The selection stage
In this episode Kay Day and Mary Mundy discuss the selection stage of the procurement procedure, including the purpose of selection questions, the importance of finance tests and the need for staff training and robust record keeping at this stage.
New Government guidance on public sector exit payments
The Government has published new guidance for public sector employers on the making of special severance payments.
Court of Appeal finds that the non-payment of an allowance to a female police officer during her maternity leave was not due to sex discrimination
In Commissioner of the City of London Police v Geldart, the Court of Appeal has held that a female police officer who was not paid the London allowance for the duration of her maternity leave did not suffer direct sex discrimination.
Chief Constable of Police not liable for acts of discrimination committed by the IOPC but liable for acts of discrimination by misconduct panels
In the case of Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary v Eckland, the Chief Constable was hold liable for any disability discrimination which determined disciplinary allegations against the claimant police officer.
Employment Tribunal finds that a disabled police officer had been harassed by ‘diet’ comments made in connection with her disability
An Employment Tribunal has upheld claims of disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and harassment brought by Detective Constable Kerry Moth against the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.
COVID-19 FAQs: The extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough leave
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.
Procurement Policy Note 01/21: Procurement in an emergency
PPN 01/21 reiterates the PPN issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic setting out the procurement options available to Contracting Authorities during an emergency—further highlighting the commercial risks inherent in direct awards without competition.
Cap on public sector exit payments—Guidance and HM Treasury Direction published
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.
Cap on public sector exit payments in force from 4 November
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.
Key court judgment for police services considering automated facial recognition technology
The Court of Appeal has given its judgment on the lawfulness of arrangements in a police force's use of facial recognition software on members of the public. The Court has declared that aspects of the way the system was set up and deployed were unlawful.
High Court overrides police conduct panel's decision to issue a final warning for gross misconduct
The High Court quashed a police misconduct panel's decision to impose a final warning on an officer who has engaged in gross misconduct through racist comments and stereotyping following a judicial review. We summarise the decision and what to take away.