Russian sanctions Q&As

14 March 2022

Sanctions have been imposed on 900 individuals and dozens of companies and other entities following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Pressure mounts to speed up progress on autism care

11 March 2022

Since the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011 and the uncovering of abuse at Whorlton Hall in 2019, there has been a recognition that the system needs to be reformed to prevent more failings in care for people with learning disabilities and autism. Last year the Government admitted that the pandemic had been a “setback” in efforts to reach this goal. By the end of last year there were suggestions that too little progress had been made in providing this group with the right, appropriate care. Christine Grey investigates the issue of whether policy and legislative reform achieved during 2021 will drive real change in care provision this year.

Pets and the planet

11 March 2022

One of the biggest environmental impacts linked to owning pets is the production of meat-based pet food. Caroline Hand explores the effects and how businesses can explore more environmentally-friendly methods of feeding our animal companions.

Understanding Employee Assistance Programmes

10 March 2022

Employee Assistance Programmes, or EAPs, are designed to assist employees with personal or work-related concerns and matters that may impact their job performance or wellbeing, such as difficulties with mental health. The services operate as a separate body to an employer, offering free and confidential assessments, short-term counselling, referrals and follow-up services for employees. Their primary aim is to help guide employees through situations in a way that provides the individual with the necessary support to avoid a negative impact on their work life and health.

Legislation enacting increases to limits for tribunal awards becomes law

10 March 2022

Employment tribunal claims can be costly affairs in both time and money. From dealing with the matter internally, perhaps through a grievance procedure, to responding to tribunal paperwork, engaging representation, preparing for a case and attending tribunal, it all adds up. This is time better spent on the business and is best avoided at all costs.

Removal of restrictions without guidance risks virus ‘free for all’

9 March 2022

Ending isolation without clear guidance risks unnecessary spread of the virus in workplaces and could put vulnerable people at serious risk, some scientists and union leaders have warned. The British Safety Council urged employers to continue to allow staff to take time off to recover if they test positive or have Covid symptoms.

Marketing and building your business

9 March 2022

Marketing has the primary aim of generating revenue for your business. But marketing should not be undertaken in a vacuum, it needs to be directed to ensure that marketing effort is not wasted.