Removal of Covid-secure measures

9 December 2021

Please note this article was written before the move to the Government’s “Plan B” from 10 December 2021 and re-introduction of work from home advice in England from 13 December 2021 and therefore is not applicable whilst this advice remains in place.

Covid round-up — everything HR needs to know from the last 18 months

9 December 2021

The Covid pandemic saw the onset of new challenges, new ways of working and new laws. The past 18 months brought unprecedented employment issues, which HR teams across the UK have been manically trying to keep up and comply with. We had started to see light at the end of the tunnel, however with the phasing in of the Government’s Plan B from 10 December 2021 some restrictions that we had previously said goodbye to have started to come back.

Domestic elder abuse — a hidden issue

8 December 2021

Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that domestic abuse affected 2.3 million people in England and Wales in 2019 to 2020. However, domestic abuse of older people has until recently remained a hidden issue, often invisible to professionals and services. Christine Grey investigates.

Full customs controls introduced from 1 January 2022

8 December 2021

The Brexit process was phased to allow businesses to prepare for the full impact of leaving the EU. One major change is the introduction of full customs controls on 1 January 2022 for goods moving to and from the EU. Those involved in the import and export of goods within the business should be informed of the changes, including agents, couriers, transport companies and freight forwarders.

Investigating cases of potential unconscious bias

8 December 2021

Discrimination of any kind should not happen. When it does, employers need to take swift and robust action against the perpetrator(s). However, here we look at how to proceed if the discrimination is not overt, or obvious, but comes from an unconsciously held bias that taints the decisions an employee makes.

How to guide for unconscious bias

8 December 2021

Understanding the threat of unconscious bias, and the situations in which it can arise in the workplace, is crucial to both encouraging and maintaining diversity and inclusion in a workforce. The significant issue with this form of bias is that perpetrators may not realise they are acting the way they are due to a personal view, or prejudice, that is influencing their conduct. Only by understanding what it is, preparing for it, and taking steps to manage it, can employers work towards a more diverse company and avoid issues of unfair treatment and discrimination arising.

British Safety Council calls for clean air at COP26

8 December 2021

The British Safety Council took its Time to Breathe campaign to Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to support the drive to reduce emissions and to call for clean air for workers everywhere.

New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

8 December 2021

The Glasgow Climate Pact, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help countries deal with the devastating impacts of climate change, was agreed last month after a two-week meeting of nearly 200 countries.