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social care - October 2019

25 October 2019

Welcome to our social care newsletter.

Sexual assault in the workplace: opportunity alone is not sufficient connection for vicarious liability

Browne Jacobson LLP were recently instructed by the defendant in a sexual assault claim in which the High Court had to carefully consider the sufficient connection test for vicarious liability to apply.

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More concerns on the horizon for social care services and private providers

In a survey conducted by Unison this summer more than half of our social workers say they are considering leaving the profession for a less stressful position.

Of 1,000 social workers surveyed 55% said they were thinking of quitting their roles.

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Foster carers are not ‘workers’ according to the Employment Tribunal

For anyone who has followed the evolving case law in the social care sector, this title is likely to raise some questions. Most notably, “What about the decision in Armes?”

In a judgment handed down by the Employment Tribunal on 23 July 2019 an appeal by the National Union of Professional Foster Carers (NUPFC) was dismissed.

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Child abuse inquiry – latest recommendations in the accountability and reparations investigation

The Accountability and Reparations investigations of the IICSA has already carried out a large amount of work.

Last month a report with its preliminary recommendations was published.

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Care Quality Commission and health & care regulatory update

Carl May-Smith will provide an update on CQC & Competitions & Markets Authority enforcement, a recent Tribunal decision on the registration of learning disability & autism services and the latest in CQC’s review of restraint, seclusion and segregation.

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training and events

11May

Carbon neutrality - air quality Online

Join us for this webinar where we discuss the current statutory framework for the regulation of air quality and how this is likely to evolve.

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19May

Regeneration review - where are we now? Online

We are delighted to invite you to our regeneration webinar, where we will be looking at four keys areas of regeneration; public law, planning, construction and real estate.

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Legal updates

Public matters - April 2021

This month includes updates on safe use of council offices, recent changes to Part 36 Offers and leading through change.

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Legal updates

Safe use of council offices

The Government’s Covid-19: Guidance for the Safe Use of Council Buildings (Safe Use Guidance) in relation to the safe use of local authority buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been updated at the end of March 2021 in line with progression of the Government’s Roadmap.

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Litigators beware! Recent changes to Part 36 Offers

The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021 (‘the CPAR 2021’) introduces a new Civil Procedure Rule 36.5(5) to clarify the issue of interest after the expiry of Part 36 offers.

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Legal updates

Leading through change, a personal perspective

As we await the publication of the Government’s White Paper on local government reorganisation (LGR) it felt timely to reflect on the experiences of the previous Managing Partner (MP) of Browne Jacobson on leading an organisation through change.

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