Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
Following yesterday’s announcement (20 February 2018) that the Court of Appeal has granted Care England the right to intervene in the Mencap’s sleep-in-shift case, we are pleased to confirm that our Health and Social Care team has been representing Care England to date in its application, and will be preparing the case for the next month’s hearing on 20-21 March.
With the right to intervene granted, Care England, assisted by our Team, will now have the opportunity to make written submissions, and hopefully appear before the Court of Appeal in March. Care England will be able to introduce new arguments that have not been considered in the case so far, raising hopes of averting the care sector’s impending £400m financial crisis.
Commenting on the representation, Matt Wort, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “We are really pleased to be acting for Care England in this significant case for the sector and to have the opportunity to put forward new arguments. We believe that the intention of Parliament from the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Regulations was always that people carrying out sleep-ins would only be paid when they are awake and working, and we are hopeful that the Court of Appeal will be persuaded to interpret the legislation in that way.'
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
Employment Tribunal rules in favour of claimants in minimum wage case – has the interpretation of “working time” changed?
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
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