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
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 66
You may be one of the dentists that has worked as an associate for a number of years and have now decided that purchasing a dental practice and become a practice owner is a great idea. You may have spent some time looking at a number of practices and now wonder how to proceed with the acquisition of one of those practices. This article sets out the steps that you...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 65
Since traveling around the UK lecturing on the General Data Protection Regulations and how they’re affecting dentists and dental patient records when they came into force on 25th May 2018, myself and Laura Pearce found one question that keeps being asked relates to the security and retention of patients’ clinical records.
– How long do I have to retain...Read More
The General Data Protection Act, a brief history.
The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force on the 25th May 2018. The regulations were intended to provide Europe wide rules to protect individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data, and to regulate the movement of European citizen’s personal data across the world. The regulations included:
Enhanced rights...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 54
From 1st April 2015 the CQC introduced a new inspection regime for dental care providers. We explained the reasons for this in issue 9 of our dental bulletin. Here we go into more detail in respect of the CQC 5 key questions that are so important in every inspection.
The CQC 5 key questions
The CQC will ask whether your practice is:
3. Caring?...Read More