HR / Employment Law

Managing Long-Term Sickness Absence

By Elspeth Buck / 30 January, 2013

According to CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) the most common causes of long-term sickness absence are stress, acute medical conditions (for example stroke), mental ill health, musculoskeletal injuries and back pain...


The Duty To Manage Asbestos

By Steve Morris / 23 January, 2013

Do you know whether your practice premises contain asbestos or not? It was commonly used in buildings from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s, but any building built up to around 2000 can have asbestos in it. Do you know whether you should be managing this...

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Legislation Update: Occupational Health Update

By First Practice Management / 23 January, 2013

In a recent response published this month, the government has accepted most of the recommendations made by the Sickness Absence Review (SAR) designed to help those with health conditions both stay in, and return to work. The review was published in November 2011...

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Annual Leave

By Elspeth Buck / 16 January, 2013

You've just finished the balancing act of competing requests for Christmas leave, when the summer leave requests come in and the debates starts again..... “Well I need the whole of August because I've got children” and the “I want time off in August this year because...

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NHS Employment Check Standards

By Kate Hodkinson / 16 January, 2013

General practices, in line with all other NHS providers, have to demonstrate compliance with CQC standards. Outcome 12 states that providers should: Have effective recruitment and selection procedures in place, Carry out relevant checks when they employ staff...

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Legislation Update: Tax & Human Rights

By First Practice Management / 16 January, 2013

TaxPractices are reminded that 31st January 2013 is the last day to file 2012 Self Assessment tax returns online. 31st January 2013 is also the last date for payment of the balance of Self Assessment tax owing for 2011-12, and the first payment on account for 2012-13 is due today...

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Legislation Update: Parental Rights

By First Practice Management / 09 January, 2013

The EU parental leave directive (2010/18/EU), adopted in March 2010, increases parental leave from three to four months. UK implementation will take place in March 2013. The increase is unlikely to have a major impact on UK businesses however, since statutory parental leave...


Business Planning Concepts

By Steve Morris / 08 January, 2013

One of the partners is very keen on introducing business plans but others of us are not persuaded that we need this. Can you offer any advice?Not an uncommon scenario in general practice. In my view the answer is “any practice should now have an up-to-date business plan”...


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