Relaxing of care-worker immigration rules comes into force – The Independent

Posted February 15th, 2022 in care workers, immigration, news, regulations by tracey

‘Social care providers will be able to recruit overseas workers to fill vacancies under relaxed immigration rules that came into force on Tuesday.’

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The Independent, 15th February 2022

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Care home staff jailed for degrading acts to vulnerable man – BBC News

‘Three care home workers have been jailed for 18 months for mistreating a vulnerable man.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2022

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Mandatory vaccination for care home workers not unlawful nor in breach of ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Peters & Anor, R (On the application of) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Anor [2021] EWHC 3182 (Admin), 2 November 2021. This was a renewed application by the claimants for permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, which requires a registered person who runs a regulated activity in a care home to ensure that any person entering the premises has been vaccinated, unless for clinical reasons that person is exempt.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2021

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Fighting ever increasing odds against a draconian intervention – and when is a without notice hearing acceptable? – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection recently ordered that a woman with late onset vascular dementia be transferred to a residential care home after relations between her son and care workers broke down. Alex Ruck Keene analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2021

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Accrington care worker who stole £200k from clients is jailed – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2021 in abuse of position of trust, care workers, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A care worker who stole more than £200,000 from vulnerable patients and left them unable to pay for toiletries and suitable care has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2021

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The Court of Protection and Criminal Law – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Re C [2021] EWCA Civ 1527. This is an appeal from Hayden J’s judgment in Re C [2021] EWCOP 25. The appeal was allowed on the basis that care workers making arrangements to secure the services of a sex worker for C would place the care workers in peril of committing an offence contrary to section 39 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (“SOA”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th October 2021

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Judge credits psychological assessment with calming of “high octane” conflict between parents and care workers – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has credited a psychological assessment “almost entirely” for helping repair a deeply polarised relationship between care workers and the parents of a boy with serious disabilities who is subject of an application for a care order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th October 2021

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Cheshire care worker caught on camera sexually assaulting patient – BBC News

‘A care worker who was caught by a hidden camera sexually assaulting a patient has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2021

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Compulsory Vaccination for Care Home Workers – legislation coming into force in November – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in care homes, care workers, coronavirus, news, regulations, vaccination by sally

‘The government has passed legislation compelling care homes to ensure almost all workers are vaccinated against Covid-19. It comes into force on 11 November 2021, and applies to England only.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd August 2021

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Disabled people can be taken to prostitutes by care workers, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Council care workers can help disabled people meet prostitutes without breaking the law, a judge has confirmed in a landmark ruling. A judge in the Court of Protection – a specialist court which considers issues relating to people who are deemed to lack capacity to make certain decisions – ruled that carers who facilitate adults with learning disabilities to visit sex workers will not be committing a criminal offence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2021

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Tomlinson-Blake in the Supreme Court – by Kate Ewing – UK Labour Law

Posted April 29th, 2021 in care workers, minimum wage, news, remuneration, Supreme Court, working time by sally

‘The Supreme Court decision in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad & Another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) [2021] UKSC 8 (“Mencap”) can only be described as a bitter blow to low paid, hard-working care workers who have been at the forefront of the most essential work during the ongoing global pandemic. In emotional terms it is hard to comprehend how such workers can feel anything other than betrayed and devalued as a result. The decision is, in the context of the great efforts by these workers, quite simply crushing. In legal terms, the decision also generates real concerns about the fragmentation of a basic minimum labour standard – the wage floor. One difficulty is the legal framework that workers have to rely on in relation to minimum wage protection in the UK. Further concerns also relate to the approach taken by the Supreme Court to the concept of time to be considered working (“work time”) in relation to the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”).’

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UK Labour Law, 28th April 2021

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Care home residents ‘barred’ from voting in local elections because of Covid rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2021 in care homes, care workers, coronavirus, elections, news, regulations by sally

‘Care home residents are “effectively barred” from voting in person in the elections by guidance that requires them to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the home, a care group has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2021

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Mencap and Uber in the Supreme Court: Working Time Regulation in an Era of Casualisation – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted April 6th, 2021 in care workers, casual workers, news, Supreme Court, taxis, working time by sally

‘In recent weeks, two long-awaited UK Supreme Court judgments have offered strikingly divergent reflections on the meaning and parameters of working time.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 1st April 2021

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Staff in care home failed to prevent children being sexually exploited, Ofsted finds – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2021 in care homes, care workers, child abuse, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘Children in a private care home were found to have been sexually exploited by men and felt unsafe, but nothing was done by staff to help them, a report by Ofsted has found.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2021

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Supreme Court: Carers not entitled to minimum wage when asleep – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Care workers who “sleep-in” are not entitled to the national minimum wage when they are in bed, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th March 2021

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Thousands of EU care workers in UK face losing immigration status – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2021 in brexit, care workers, EC law, government departments, immigration, news by tracey

‘Care sector faces “devastation” as research shows one in seven EU employees unaware that they must apply to regularise status before June 2021 or be stripped of right to work and live in UK.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2021

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Watchdog finds serious faults in some English care homes’ Covid defences – The Guardian

‘Inspectors have uncovered serious weaknesses in some care homes’ defences against the pandemic, including Covid-positive carers being told to work because of staff shortages, a failure to isolate residents when they return from hospital and poor use of personal protection equipment.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

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Tribunal awards 10 UK homecare workers £10,000 each in back pay – The Guardian

‘Ruling says travel and waiting time between cases should be treated as working time.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2020

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Personal Protective Equipment – The Last Frontier? – Old Square Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2020 in care workers, chambers articles, health, health & safety, hospitals, news by sally

‘A look at the legal issues surrounding the provision of personal protective equipment to front line healthcare workers.’

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Old Square Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Ombudsman suspends complaints enquiries of councils and care providers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has suspended all casework activity that demands information from, or action by, local authorities and care providers, in light of the current coronavirus outbreak.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2020

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