Guide to Conducting Investigations into Misconduct

18 February 2022

Whenever an employee is suspected of misconduct, it will be necessary to conduct an investigation into the facts of the case. Sometimes an investigation will be straightforward and simple and, in other cases, it may be complex, involving interviewing witnesses, taking witness statements and examining conflicting evidence.

Government moves to end Covid isolation requirements

14 February 2022

On 9 February 2022, Boris Johnson announced that he expects to end all Covid restrictions in England by the end of February. The current regulations, including the legal requirement for Covid cases to self-isolate for at least five full days and for SSP to be paid from day one for Covid-related absences, are in place until 24 March 2022.

Revised Highway Code — protecting the most vulnerable

25 January 2022

Following a consultation on proposed changes, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the Highway Code will get a major revision on 29 January 2022. Here, we look at the main rule changes and what they mean for professional drivers.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

6 January 2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme repays employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to employees. SSP can be claimed for employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021 and is payable even where individuals no longer work for the business.

Driving in adverse weather conditions

31 December 2021

For much of the UK in recent years, winter road conditions have been generally benign. Although certain parts of the country are still liable to snow and ice, these conditions may strike anywhere and the fact they are less frequently encountered means many drivers have little experience of dealing with them. High winds, fog and heavy rain are also likely to occur at any time of year.

Reporting incidents for passenger vehicle operators

20 December 2021

In April 2021 the DVSA revised the procedures for operators to report relevant incidents as required by s.20 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 (PPVA) but many bus and coach operators remain unaware of these changes and the requirement to make a report. Here Andrew Woolfall, of Backhouse Jones Solicitors, looks at the increased reporting requirements and the implications of not meeting them.

Coronavirus vaccine and your employees — HR considerations

9 December 2021

A vaccine to prevent serious health effects from coronavirus has been developed and made available to the public. In this article, Nicola Mullineux, Group Content Manager at Croner-i explores the top questions employers may have surrounding the vaccine, such as requiring employees to be vaccinated and more.

The Driver CPC review

7 December 2021

The Government has announced a “sweeping review” of the compulsory ongoing training (the Driver CPC) for lorry and bus drivers as part of a package of 30 measures to support the road transport sector and encourage more people to return to the profession.