Critical minerals — how do they impact your business?

25 July 2022

Critical minerals are vital to modern day living and crucial for an emerging low carbon economy. All businesses rely on these minerals to some extent. Yet, rising global demand, combined with geopolitical tensions, is leading to concerns over security of supply in the UK and elsewhere. John Barwise looks at the issues and considers what businesses can do to avoid shortages.

What impact are Integrated Care Systems likely to have?

21 July 2022

The Health and Care Act 2022 has introduced 42 Integrated Care Systems across England, abolishing clinical commissioning groups and transferring their commissioning powers to the new bodies. In this feature, Deborah Bellamy explores what this will mean for health and care services.

Attendance at work during lockdown

21 July 2022

The employment tribunal has given judgment in a case involving the dismissal of a worker who was concerned about attending work premises and using public transport during the coronavirus lockdown. Robert Spicer reports on the recent case of Accattatis v Fortuna Group (London) Ltd (2021).

Neonatal leave and tip protection back on the legislative agenda

20 July 2022

You may recall that the Queen’s speech contained a few surprises for organisations, the biggest being the absence of the Employment Bill. This caused many within the HR and employment law community to question when, if ever, certain rights would come into force. Now, however, through the more unusual route of a “Private Members Bill” in parliament, at least two of those rights look set to go ahead: neonatal leave and protection for hospitality workers tips.

Train strikes: more disruption planned for train travel

20 July 2022

Following strikes held on 21, 23 and 25 June, which caused widespread disruption throughout the rail network, further strikes have been planned by the RMT and Aslef trade unions. These will affect travel once again, and this time with strikes planned for 30 July and 20 August 2022 (both Saturdays), weekend workers will for the first time be significantly impacted.

Country Profile — Philippines

20 July 2022

A large and growing emerging market, the Philippines offers untapped potential for UK companies interested in the dynamic south-east Asia region.

UK fire and building safety laws and standards: more action needed

19 July 2022

In response to the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017, the Fire Safety Act 2021 was passed by UK Parliament, amending the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety Order) 2005 to improve fire safety in English and Welsh residential buildings, explains Jonathan O’Neill MBE, from the Fire Protection Association (FPA).