Editor's message: The recruitment and retention of nurses, doctors and social care staff continues to be a pressing issue for NHS employers, particularly in the ever-changing Brexit landscape. For example, there has been a dramatic fall in the number of nurses that have entered the country since the 2016 referendum and this exacerbated an already acute shortage. The implications of Brexit on immigration laws is likely to result in a further reduction in the number of EU workers in key roles in the NHS. Despite the huge impact that Brexit will have on recruitment and retention within the NHS there are other issues that also need urgent attention.
Equality and diversity remain high on the HR agenda within the NHS. The workforce race equality standard aims to tackle inequalities faced by employees from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in relation to various aspects of their employment, including career progression and disciplinary proceedings. We recently explored what workforce equality standards actually mean for NHS employers.
Susan Dennehy, employment law editor
A new consultation into NHS pension changes designed to enable senior clinicians to work additional shifts without facing prohibitive tax bills has been launched.
Updated to include the details of four new pay awards across the sector.
The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the duty to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. The proposals aim to improve the quality of reporting under the transparency in supply chains legislation, make it easier for people to compare organisations' reports and increase compliance with the duty.
In Hallett v Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Court of Appeal held that an NHS trust's use of commercial software to monitor rest breaks results in a breach of junior doctors' terms and conditions of service.
In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld an employment tribunal decision that there was no religious discrimination where a non-executive director was suspended after voicing his opposition to same-sex couple adoption in the media.
Tory leadership front runner Boris Johnson has vowed to "fix" the pension rules that have led to NHS consultants finding they are better off if they work fewer hours.
NHS junior doctors have accepted a deal which will see annual pay increases of 2% for four years, ending the four-year long dispute that saw mass walkouts.
Only a fifth of NHS staff say their employer has implemented a sexual harassment policy, indicating that workers believe it is failing to take a tough line on lewd behaviour.
Junior doctors are to be balloted on whether to accept a four-year deal which will mean annual pay uplifts of 2%.
In East of England Ambulance NHS Trust v Flowers and others, the Court of Appeal held that ambulance workers are contractually entitled to have voluntary overtime included in the calculation of their holiday pay and, under the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC), to have it included where it is sufficiently regular and settled.
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