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Throughout May, we are looking at some of the biggest issues currently facing HR and the steps employers can take to respond to them. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i provides an overview for some of the present key issues.
On 21 August 2020, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) gave judgment in the case of R (The Environment Agency) v Dean Andrew Ryder and Andrew Lawrence Green. Ryde and Green had appealed against their convictions for breaches of environmental permit regulations and a confiscation order.
Aviation is a potential stumbling block to the UK’s post-pandemic recovery and net-zero climate goals. Many believe carbon-neutral flight is pie-in-the-sky. But, as Jon Herbert explains, technical advances are putting air travel on an increasingly green trajectory.
The world is on course to cut carbon emissions by less than 1% before 2030. Keeping temperature rises down to a “safe” 1.5°C needs a 45% fall, a February 2021 UN Climate Change report warns. Jon Herbert asks if November’s global COP26 climate summit in Scotland can close the gap.
The Government has noted a trend towards the removal of sex-specific toilet provision over the past few years. Can gender-neutral facilities meet everyone’s needs? Laura King considers the expectations and requirements for toilet provision.
The new draft waste prevention programme for England, published on 18 March, demonstrates that the Government has grasped the importance of a circular economy and appreciates that it could bring major economic benefits — including job creation — while tackling the environmental imperatives of conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions. Caroline Hand reports on the details of the proposal.
As the Covid-19 crisis continues, the Government is regularly updating its advice to ensure that employers, workers and the self-employed work safely during the pandemic. Vicky Powell looks at the key points for working safely in offices, contact centres and similar working spaces.