On 31st October 2020 the government announced an England wide lockdown, which banned travel abroad unless it was essential, for example for work.
On 5th November 2020 the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 were enacted. These prevent people leaving their home without ‘reasonable excuse’. In case you were wondering, a holiday is not a reasonable...Read More
On 31 October 2020, the government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – also known as the Furlough Scheme – will remain open until 2nd December 2020, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
Under the initial furlough scheme, the government paid 80% of pay up to £2,500 per month from March to August,...Read More
Earlier today, Rishi Sunak announced the new Job Support Scheme. As the current furlough scheme comes to an end on 31st October, the new six months scheme is set to replace it, focusing on bringing employees back to work rather than keeping jobs open only inside the scheme.
The new scheme will support the wages of those working, with the government subsidising the pay of employees who are...Read More
We note the BDA’s recent advice entitled; “Associate pay in England during pandemic”, which states as follows:
“Legal advice on whether Associates may have a direct claim
We have sought legal advice as to whether associates may have a direct claim against practice owners. The short answer is that associates are unlikely to have a claim directly against practice owners in respect of NHS...Read More
In the past week the CQC appear to have been on something of a charm offensive. We’ve seen John Milne, Senior National Professional Advisor, taking part in webinars on Facebook and meeting with the newly formed ‘British Association of Private Dentists’ (BAPD).
The CQC’s published analysis of a meeting that took place on the 19th June 2020 between the CQC and the BAPD is interesting to...Read More
The new flexible furlough scheme is coming into force on 1st July, accompanied by new government guidance and changes to the old one. Employers can now furlough employees on a part-time basis, meaning they can work for some days of the week and be furloughed for others. Employers will then be able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grant for any hours not worked.
On 1st June 2020 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it would be pursuing test cases against 17 different insurers in relation to the interpretation of the their business interruption insurance policy wording.
These 17 insurers have agreed to take part in the test cases and an agreement has been signed between the insurers and the FCA as to the conduct of the case....Read More
On Wednesday 3rd June we hosted a webinar to discuss the staffing issues that all dental practices need to be aware of when reopening their practices.
In this webinar we looked at;* How to notify staff about returning to work;* Managing furloughed staff and their return to work;* Can employees undertake training whilst on furlough?* Undertaking risk assessments;* Changing work...Read More
If the CQC aren’t stopping dentists, why are Insurers saying no?
“The decision to offer dental care services is one for the provider to take.”
This is the CQC’s “current position”.
However, they are still “encouraging” practitioners to give “proper consideration” to the CDO’s Letters of Preparedness, without giving any indication as to what “proper consideration” actually means. The...Read More
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Yesterday was a very eventful day.
The CrowdJustice fund raising page went live at 17:30hrs and by 09:00hrs this morning, had already reached £8,130 from 94 pledges; a clear indication of the strength of feeling in the profession.The page to donate is here.
The profession needs your support to take this important case forward. The initial target was...Read More