Issues involving NHS hospitals, trusts or individual staff can quickly become a matter of media and public comment.
The highly publicised three-year dispute between the Secretary of State for Health and the British Medical Association over the introduction of a new junior doctors’ contract culminated in a resolution being reached on 18 May. An agreement was published by ACAS following 10 days of intensive talks, stating that a new contract will be implemented for junior doctors from August 2016. However, junior doctors have since rejected the new contract. See Types of contract > Future developments for further information.
The Welsh Government consults on the ban on employing agency workers to cover for striking workers.
In R (on the application of Justice for Health Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health and others, the High Court rejected claims that the way in which new contracts of employment for junior doctors are being implemented is unlawful.
The High Court has ruled that the manner in which the Government is introducing new contracts of employment for junior doctors is legal.
The Government has confirmed it will proceed with additional limits to exit payments across the public sector, following on from plans to cap exit pay and to require repayment if exiting workers rejoin.
These tables summarise pay awards in the public health sector monitored by the XpertHR pay databank.
The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host of employment law changes. Bar Huberman sets out the top 10 upcoming legislative changes that employers need to be ready for, even though many implementation dates have yet to be confirmed.
Education England recently introduced whistleblowing protection for junior doctors. This forms part of a growing trend towards increased protection for those who make disclosures, argues Sean Dempsey from Lewis Silkin.
The Law Commission consults on reforming the offence of misconduct in public office.
A group of senior medical professionals has condemned the latest series of strikes proposed by junior doctors.
Updated to include information on a Government consultation on mandatory gender pay gap reporting for public-sector employers.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the health sectors in England and Wales and Scotland.
Julie Steele qualified as a solicitor in 2006, specialising in employment law, and is now a freelance legal editor.