Environmental rules affecting businesses post Brexit

5 February 2021

The new trading relationship between the UK and the EU incorporates zero tariffs and zero quotas on goods traded between the Bloc and the UK. This agreement depends on both sides adhering to agreed high standards on climate change and environmental protection. In this report, John Barwise considers what this is likely to mean for UK businesses, going forward.

Female doctors given masks made for men, says BMA

3 February 2021

The British Medical Association says it has received sustained reports from female doctors ‘struggling to find respirator masks that pass fit testing’, compromising their safety from coronavirus.

The perils of the workplace romance

2 February 2021

Thanks to Valentine’s Day, February is often be seen as the month of love. Workplace romances, however, may not be all hearts and flowers. Indeed, while it can be expected that colleagues will grow closer at work, especially in these difficult times, employers must always be aware of the issues that can arise as a result. This is especially important if many employees are currently working from home, as it can be much more difficult to observe concerning behaviours and actions between staff. We take a look at some of the downsides to office romances.

Supporting mental health in the pandemic

2 February 2021

As the uncertainties of the pandemic continue, working from home is adversely affecting the mental health of many people — as employees, parents and partners. Simple actions can often make a big difference, Jon Herbert reports.

EU exit watch — Not with a bang but a whimper

1 February 2021

It may have been the pandemic taking the media attention away, or the fact that the final events coincided with Christmas and the New Year, but the end of four and a half years of division and sometimes bitter argument was strangely anticlimactic. We look at developments in the first month since the UK exited the institutions of the EU.

Mental health — staying sane at work during the Covid crisis

1 February 2021

After almost a year of localised and national restrictions, Vicky Powell looks at workers' mental health and how the pandemic has affected levels of depression, anxiety, stress and morale within the workforce, often in complex ways.