As a new lockdown commences the furlough scheme is extended

The government has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) has been extended in response to the impact of the new national restrictions which will require the population to stay at home and for non-essential shops to be closed. New National Restrictions At the end of October, the Furlough Scheme was set to end…

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Judicial Review – No Exemption from NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors in Human Rights Based Application for Leave to Remain

Background On 16th May 2019 Mr Justice Karr dismissed a human rights judicial review claim challenging charges levied under the NHS Charges to Overseas Visitors Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”). Essentially this case concerned:- The 2015 Regulations which govern the charging of overseas visitors receiving NHS treatment (being persons not ordinarily resident in the United…

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Data Protection: The pitfalls of handling employee medical data

Beware the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which, particularly in recent months, has demonstrated its willingness to use their statutory Code of Practice enshrined under section 52 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to impose monetary penalties (of up to £500,000) to those organisations who fail to take the appropriate measures to safeguard Medical Data…

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