NVQ rules may cause employment headaches

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A law firm has warned that new compulsory disciplinary and grievance procedures, now in force could be a headache for many care providers. Alison McClure, a partner at Blake Lapthorn Linnell, said that, while National Minimum Standards require that by April 2005, at least half of staff in any care home for elderly people will have to possess at least an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent qualification in care, there may be problems in terminating the employent of staff who have not attained the minimum qualifications. While many providers have taken the view that the National Minimum Standards have no force in law unless linked to a Regulation under the Care Standards Act, Ms McClure said they may still run into employment law problems in trying to satisfy the requirements. “The Government has recently published a study that shows that this requirement will hit small, single-establishment homes the hardest,” said Ms McClure. “It is one thing to take on only new staff who have such a qualification, but what do care hom

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