Taking the money

26 January 2022

With the public falling out between Amazon and VISA, we look at how payment technologies have evolved and which payment options should small businesses consider offering to their customers.

Covid-19 — protection from variants in 2022

21 January 2022

As more clinical data and medical advice becomes available there are both well-established and evolving steps that employers can take to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, visitors and members of the public from changing coronavirus strains. Jon Herbert explores.

Neo supply chains

21 January 2022

For many businesses, 2021 will be remembered for the breakdown in global supply chains. Post-pandemic, what will global supply chains look like for small businesses, and can they mitigate any future crisis? Dave Howell reports.

Reopening the workplace: A time for a closer look at hybrid working?

21 January 2022

As of 19 January 2022, the UK Government Plan B requirement for working from home where possible was lifted. Many employers acted quickly in getting staff back into the office, with increased traffic and rail service use seen in the immediate days after. But is this the start of a return to pre-pandemic ways of working, when only around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home and 65% of employers did not even offer this as an option, or will the lessons taken from the pandemic continue and flexibility become the norm?

Mandatory vaccination confirmed for the NHS and wider social care workers

17 January 2022

The Government has announced its plans to introduce new legislation requiring those deployed in frontline roles in the health and wider social care sector in England to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This follows the same requirement already in place for care home workers in England and the responses of a public consultation into the matter. Despite the majority of respondents being opposed to such mandates, the Government decided that vaccination is the best way to protect vulnerable people receiving care in the sector and those providing it.

Changes to May 2022 Bank Holidays

14 January 2022

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be changes to bank holidays in 2022. The late May Bank Holiday which would have fallen on Monday 30 May 2022 will be moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 and there will be an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022. The adjustment will take effect in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Reducing sick pay for the unvaccinated

14 January 2022

Employers across the country are experiencing difficulties with staffing levels due to self-isolation absences. As such, many are having to take steps to mitigate the impact this is having on their business and its performance, including introducing measures to discourage the absences in the first place.