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Led by head of employment Allison Grant, Healys Care team offers a range of HR and employment advice to NCA members.  The guidance at NCA regional events is proactive and relevant, covering best employment practices to strengthen a care providers ability to effectively manage staff and avoid the pitfalls of workplace issues and claims.

Examples of our work include:

  • Standards and staff issues
  • Safeguarding and discipline
  • Recruitment and retention of staff
  • Performance management, legal and practical issues
  • Managing sickness absence
  • Step by step guide to disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • How to dismiss fairly
  • Updates in our employment laws and practices

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the essential standards. CQC is focused on the management and monitoring of staff, the delivery of care, and in turn the standards met.  The comprehensive range of Healys’ guidance supports compliance with CQC standards, and promotes excellence.

How Can Healys Help?

Our range of employment and HR services includes:

  • Access to up-to-date examples of the best employment contract and staff handbook for care providers
  • The training of managers in the oversight of care delivery
  • How best to communicate and implement essential employment practices to support high standards
  • Support with everyday HR queries, from advice on what to do and how best to handle a situation, to ongoing clarification that you are on the right track
  • Advice and representation if faced with an Employment Tribunal claim

Healys Care team has a thorough understanding of care homes and the care industry, and can provide high-quality advice and solutions to employment and HR related issues. Combining the experience Healys has to offer across multiple teams, including Corporate, Commercial and Employment, with up-to-date knowledge of industry trends and threats, the team can provide comprehensive guidance and assistance that benefits your business and your care providers.

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Call our London office on 020 7822 4000 or our Brighton office on 01273 838734. You can also contact us online.
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EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HR ADVICE FOR CARE HOMES capabilities
EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HR ADVICE FOR CARE HOMES experiences
  • Acted for a Holding Company of a number of Care Homes in the North West and South West, providing on-going employment related advice to management following the acquisition of existing businesses to ease the transition for employees. This included negotiating and drafting settlement agreements for exiting members of staff, advising on disciplinary and grievance processes and completing a review of existing employment contracts
  • Acted for a Care Home group based in the South West, providing employment contracts and staff handbook tailored specifically for Care Staff, Registered Managers and Care Home Maintenance staff
  • Acted for a South East based Care Home client providing advice and representation on an Unfair Dismissal Claim brought by their Registered Manager following her dismissal for gross misconduct.
  • Acted for a specialist Dementia Care Home located in London providing representation for a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of a former resident following a fall
  • Acted for a London Care Home providing advice and representation on an appeal to the CQC to change an Inspection Report rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’
  • Provided initial free advice to NCA member Care Home based in Devon following a complaint made by a resident’s family member
  • Negotiated the terms of a pilot home care franchise and advised the franchisee on the associated risks and benefits of taking out an agreement with the franchisor
EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HR ADVICE FOR CARE HOMES insights
  • Ill-Health Retirement, Pension Rights And Disability

    7th February 2019

    The Supreme Court has ruled that the way in which a university employee’s ill-health early retirement pension was calculated, based on the part-time salary he earned in the last three years before he took early retirement, did not constitute ‘unfavourable treatment’ for the purposes of Section 15(1) of the Equality Act 2010 (Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension and Assurance Scheme and Another). Continue reading »

  • Supreme Court Rules On The Disclosure Of Criminal Records

    4th February 2019

    The law regulating what information a person must reveal concerning his or her criminal record when seeking employment attempts to strike a balance between guarding against the risk of harm caused if someone were to reoffend and allowing someone to get their life back on track by giving them an opportunity for rehabilitation. Continue reading »

  • Court Of Appeal Rules Uber Drivers Are Workers

    9th January 2019

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that drivers who use online taxi company Uber’s app are ‘workers’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA), rather than self-employed contractors, and thus have the right to be paid the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage and to receive holiday pay. However, the Court has given the company permission to appeal to the Supreme Court (Uber BV and Others v Aslam and Others). Continue reading »

  • Sleep-In Shifts And The National Minimum Wage

    4th January 2019

    In a guideline ruling, the Court of Appeal recently found that on a straightforward reading of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, two care workers who were expected to sleep for all or most of their shifts and were provided with suitable facilities were entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for time when they were required to be awake for the purpose of performing some particular task, but not for time when they were asleep (Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Jaikishan and Another). Continue reading »

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EMPLOYMENT LAW AND HR ADVICE FOR CARE HOMES news
  • Tesco Facing Record Equal Pay Claim – What Employers Should Know

    12th February 2018

    In what could be the largest ever equal pay challenge in UK history, legal proceedings have begun against retail giant Tesco. Up to 200,000 shop floor staff could be affected by the claim, which has the potential to cost Tesco up to £20,000 per worker in back pay over at least 6 years. If successful, the final compensation bill could be as much as £4bn. Continue reading »

  • Uber Has Lost Its Appeal

    10th November 2017

    In 2016 the Employment Tribunal decided that Uber drivers were entitled to workers’ rights, such as holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage.

    Uber appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), arguing its drivers were self-employed and under no obligation to use its booking app. Continue reading »