At present employers are required to provide employees with a written statement of particulars of employment before their employment starts and within at least 2 months of the start date. That statement must set out certain information, such as pay, hours, the grievance and disciplinary policies. This is not an exhaustive list.
However, key changes will come into effect from 6th April 2020...Read More
The CQC has announced that it is prepared to take enforcement action against those practices who disregarded NHS England’s call for all routine dental care to cease.
The announcement was made after the CQC discovered some practices still undertaking routine care, including aerosol-generating procedures. Such actions would expose patients and staff to unnecessary risks of viral transmission...Read More
The Government has confirmed that it will pay 80% of an employee’s wages, up to £2,500, for any employee who is furloughed by their employer. However, in our opinion, you will not be able to furlough an employee who is due to start maternity leave or already on maternity leave, so as to avoid paying that person statutory maternity pay (SMP).
What should you be Paying?
For a woman already on...Read More
The Government has now published further guidance on the Job Retention Scheme, which confirms;
All businesses can take advantage of the scheme.
The businesses will receive a grant from HMRC and can self-certify that they have furloughed staff members.
The scheme will initially be open for 3 months from 1st March 2020.
You do not have to furlough all of your staff; as long as any decisions as...Read More
The Chief Dental Officer issued advice to all NHS dental practices yesterday regarding the ongoing treatment of patients. Whilst these guidelines refer to NHS practices, in reality, all private practices will also want to consider their application.
What this means is that there will be less patients in practices moving forward, which will inevitably mean less work to do. This...Read More
Dental practices are increasingly sensitive to the religious and cultural backgrounds of their patients, recognising that special arrangements may need to be made in order to accommodate an individual’s needs. However, when it comes to employees or workers at the practice, is it always possible to balance their religious observance against the clinical obligations of the practice? In this...Read More
The GDC is currently reviewing the application process for mediated route (or ‘knowledge and experience’ route) Specialist List Applications and has set up the working group to discuss the current application process and whether changes can be made to help simplify it.
As a result of Julia Furley’s extensive knowledge and experience in this area, and her regular successful appearances...Read More
We represent both dentists and dental practices alike and one question that we are continuously asked to advise on is employment status.
One of the main questions for a tribunal when determining employment status is whether the dentist is personally liable to perform the services under the contract. If they are required to personally perform the services then they will be deemed a...Read More
UPDATE: The Government has announced that the Extension to IR35, as detailed below, will be postponed until 6th April 2021.
Are you a dentist practicing as a limited company? If so, you need to be aware of the IR35 tax rule and what the implications could be for your practice.
The Intermediaries Legislation (IR35) was introduced in 2000 to remove the tax advantages of providing services via a...Read More