How are vulnerable learners coping amid coronavirus?
The disadvantage gap for vulnerable learners has never been starker than in this coronavirus crisis, finds Kate Parker.
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There’s been a surge in ‘unlawful’ attempts to not save disabled people from coronavirus
The number of learning disabled people subject to controversial Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) notices has surged to “unprecedented” levels. That’s according to one care provider, which has said many of these may well be “unlawful”.
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Carrying out Mental Health Act assessments by video: ethical considerations for AMHPs
AMHPs have always considered that assessments should be carried out face-to-face, but the coronavirus means we must consider how video interviews can be carried out appropriately, says Steve Chamberlain.
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Flint Bishop Solicitors: Furlough and family-friendly pay
With effect from 25 April 2020, the Government has amended the Regulations relating to the following types of pay:
- The Maternity Allowance;
- Statutory Maternity Pay;
- Statutory Paternity Pay,
- Statutory Adoption Pay,
- Statutory Shared Parental Pay; and
- Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
The amended Regulations apply to those employees whose ‘relevant period’ for the purposes the above payments falls during a time that they are furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The amendments confirm that the calculation of the above statutory pay must be made as if the employee was not on furlough and was instead receiving their full pay.
For example, if an employee is pregnant and her expected week of childbirth is 04 October 2020, her ‘relevant period’ for the purposes of calculating Statutory Maternity Pay would likely fall between April and June 2020 (depending on the employer’s pay cycles). If the employee was on furlough for all or part of this period, an employer must disregard this, and calculate her Statutory Maternity Pay based on her full pay during this period, and not her furlough pay.
The amendments also apply to Maternity Allowance. When calculating the average weekly amount of specified payments made to a woman for the purpose of determining entitlement to, and rate of payment of, a maternity allowance, full pay must be taken into consideration, rather than furlough pay. Full details of amendments at Legislation.gov.uk >