Escalator safety

16 September 2020

Mike Sopp examines the hazards associated with escalator equipment, maintenance requirements and how to take appropriate safety measures.

Managing annual leave during coronavirus

16 September 2020

With coronavirus still creating numerous issues for companies, many employers may be wondering how they should manage annual leave requests. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, examines this in more detail below.

Brexit implications on employment law

16 September 2020

Coronavirus news has dominated the headlines for the past couple of months, but Government plans are still underway to carry out Brexit at the end of the year. Some employers are still waiting to see what the impact of this will be. On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in an EU Referendum. Originally scheduled for 29 March 2019, the date the UK was to officially leave the EU was delayed to 31 January 2020, and on this date, the UK left the EU.

Disability discrimination: case law

15 September 2020

The relationship between health and safety and disability discrimination law is illustrated by a number of cases. Barrister Robert Spicer reports.

The Traffic Commissioners’ Annual Report 2020

15 September 2020

Each year the Traffic Commissioners (TCs) produce a report for the Secretary of State giving their observations from the year just gone and their strategic plans for the following year. The report also contains detailed statistics relating to their licensing and disciplinary functions. In this article Richard Smith outlines the main points of the 2019-20 report and examines some of the statistics included.

Mental health challenges for practice staff during Covid-19

15 September 2020

As the UK faces the risk of a second wave of coronavirus, mental health pressure remains acute. Managers and employers have the same duty of care to staff during the pandemic as at any other time, however, it is especially important during the crisis that staff and practice managers protect their own and staff mental wellbeing through open and honest dialogue regarding situations that have been encountered and those likely to be faced moving forward.

Breaking the plastic wave

14 September 2020

As discarded face masks and litter from beach barbeques make its way into the English Channel, we seem to be making little progress in tackling the menace of ocean plastics. Caroline Hand explores plans to eliminate the problem.

Coronavirus and Government assistance

14 September 2020

A summary of Government Covid-19 assistance available to businesses. There are different assistance packages for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly effecting rates relief and grants.

Work-related burnout: would you spot the signs?

11 September 2020

In May 2019, the World Health Organization officially recognised work-related burnout as an “occupational phenomenon”. In fact, burnout among British workers has quietly but steadily reached shocking levels and this has been exacerbated in some cases by the pandemic. How many managers, asks Vicky Powell, would be able to spot the signs of burnout, and what can we all do to avoid and mitigate this modern corporate malaise?