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  • Hot Weather - working in hot temperatures

    Although the Great British Summer often doesn't result in hot temperatures there will be times when the sun does come out and workers find themselves working in hot conditions. In the UK there is no maximum temperature that a workplace is allowed to be, rather advice from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states "during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable". What is reasonable depends on the type of work being done (manual, office, etc) and the type of workplace (kitchen, air conditioned office, etc).

    The HSE offers further guidance on workplace temperatures including details on carrying out an optional thermal comfort risk assessment if staff are unhappy with the temperature 

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  • Unison Appeal Mencap Court of Appeal Sleep-ins Decision

    Unison have applied to the Supreme Court to appeal against last month’s Court of Appeal Mencap ruling regarding Sleep Ins that ruled in favour of providers.

    Lloyd Clarke from Attwell’s has drafted a report on this latest development which is below for your information

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  • Essex Care Association's 3 Year Stategic Plan

    Please read ECA’s Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. The ECA Committee have developed an ambitious vision which keeps the Membership at the centre of everything ECA do, motivating us to provide the best possible care, encourages us to make representations at a local, regional and national forums and build a financial ability to provide this service for the long term. We are fortunate to have gained the services of Simon Harniess as our Development Director, who is commissioned to drive this vision forward with an ambitious action plan.

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  • Mencap Sleep-ins Appeal Decision - Attwells Solicitors full report for your information

    Regarding the Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse the previous Mencap decision on sleep-ins, please find attached Lloyd Clark from Attwells Solicitors full report.


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  • Carers NOT entitled to the National Minumum Wage for sleep-in shifts

    Please see below a link to our Commercial Partner, Citation's article on the recent Court of Appeal ruling regarding sleep ins and minimum wage.

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  • ECA Chairman's Annual report 2018

    ECA Chairman's Annual report 2018

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  • ECA Breakfast Conference 11th July 2018

    The Essex Care Association (ECA) are pleased to invite you to the second Breakfast Networking Conference of 2018 which includes the ECA AGM. We are delighted to welcome, as our keynote speaker, Avnish Goyal, Chair of Care England, and Managing Director of Hallmark . Other speakers will include Attwell’s Solicitors speaking on the controversial ‘sleep in’ crisis, Sekoia Ltd discussing ‘going digital’ and as usual representatives from Essex County Council, bringing us the latest news, with their ever-popular question and answer session.



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  • National Care Home Open Day

    This year’s Care Home Open Day will be held on 21st April 2018 and is all about Linking Communities. It's a chance to celebrate all the different people, cultures and relationships in your area and show your community that care homes are friendly, happy and exciting places to be. It’s a great way to get to know local organisations, schools and groups in your community and establish meaningful friendships along the way.

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  • Book your place Essex Care Association’s forthcoming Breakfast Conference

    The ECA Chair and Committee would like to invite you to our first Breakfast Conference of 2018, bringing you up to date with what’s happening in Social Care

    Thursday 8th March 2018

    8.00am to 12.00pm

    Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DU

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  • Skills for Care annual conference - Early bird offer ends Wednesday 31 January 2018

    Please see details regarding the Skills for Care Annual Conference on Thursday 1st March 2018

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