It is common for HMRC to question and challenge the employment status of individuals in many situations including the medical and dental profession. If HMRC succeed in their challenge it is often because of an expectation by the engager (i.e. the dental practice who holds the contracts with the individuals) that it is ok to follow historical practices. The truth is that the interpretation of...Read More
The traditional ‘9 to 5’ no longer suits a modern work force. However, flexible working is not just about part time hours for mothers. Those with disabilities, carers of elderly parents and even those simply looking for a better work/life balance all want flexible working arrangements to help them meet their needs.
Since June 2014 any employee with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service has the...Read More
A DBS check, formerly a CRB check, is a check carried out on an individual before they take up new employment. It provides certain information about that person in relation to their criminal record and whether they are on either the adult or child barring list, which means they are barred from working with these groups.
However, a DBS check is not a routine check an employer can make on any...Read More
Does your practice comply with the CQC’s ‘safeguarding’ requirements? Do you have policies in place and are your staff properly trained? If not, then now is the time to act.
On 22nd April 2015 the GDC announced that ‘safeguarding children and young people’ and ‘safeguarding vulnerable adults’ were to become part of the recommended CPD training for all dental professionals. In the same year,...Read More
Two weeks on and the UK is still reeling from the result of the Brexit referendum. Regardless of where your heart lies, the result has rocked the global stock market, caused the pound to fall to its lowest value in 31 years, wreaked havoc amongst the UK’s political classes and arguably divided the nation.
So what if any effects will Brexit have on the Dental Community?
In my very first article at JFH Law in July 2016, I looked into the impact of Brexit very soon after the ‘Leave’ result was announced. Our message was to keep calm and carry on. So in the 6 months following the result what has changed?
The short answer is that unfortunately not very much has changed. We do have a new Prime Minister and Theresa May has repeatedly been quoted saying ‘Brexit...Read More
The words ‘CQC inspection’ can strike fear into the heart of most dentists. Even if you have fully prepared for the day, a sense of panic can still wash over you; what if I have forgotten to put in place a policy for tooth pick assembly; what if the receptionist forgets how to answer the telephone; what if the nurse wears the wrong colour scrubs.
Fear not; with good planning and preparation...Read More
This question sounds like the start of an awful joke with no punchline.
Under the present regime of regulation it feels like the GDC are a law unto themselves. Dentists live in fear that any minor indiscretion may result in an investigation by their regulator and, ultimately, lead to their erasure from the register. Many have questioned the GDC’s handling of complaints; look no further than...Read More
Spring is finally here, but with it comes the first wave of new UK legislation for 2016.
So what key changes do you and your practice need to be aware of?
National Living Wage. From 1st April 2016 any worker who is 25 years old or above will be entitled to the National Living Wage, which is initially set at £7.20 per hour. The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to workers under the...Read More
On 14 February 2016, the founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane OBE, published her review of self-employment in the UK, which looks at the challenges and opportunities for those wanting to work for themselves. The report estimates that 15% of the UK workforce is currently working on a self-employed basis. However, with the lack of definition as to what precisely...Read More