Dealing with inflation — business solutions

9 February 2022

The UK inflation rate of 5.4% is at its highest for 30 years. While this is low compared to the high rates of the 1970s (over 9% for the whole decade and up to 24% in 1975), a 5.4% rate can easily erode profits.

Civil court claim risks for employers

9 February 2022

Many employers are concerned that their employees will raise a claim against them to the employment tribunal, so do everything possible to mitigate risks and avoid this happening. However, it’s important to remember that even where there may not be viable employment tribunal claims, employees, workers, self-employed individuals and trade unions may still be able to take action against organisations through the civil court system. Two recent cases have highlighted this issue well, both on the topic of pay.

Government announces new Brexit Freedom Bill

4 February 2022

Two years on from “Getting Brexit Done”, the Government has marked the occasion with the announcement of a new “Brexit Freedoms Bill”. A campaigner for Brexit and freedom from EU regulation, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government has declared their intention to review all retained EU law and identify areas within which reform needs to be prioritised so as to reassert UK sovereignty by “unlocking growth” in ways tailored to the UK market.

Mandatory Covid vaccines under review

3 February 2022

The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, threw many employers in the care sector into confusion with his announcement that the Government would be consulting on the removal of the vaccine mandate for those in health and social care.

Alcohol in the workplace

31 January 2022

Gudrun Limbrick considers what responsibility employers have to spot and tackle alcoholism among their employees.

Valentine’s Day — what does HR need to know?

28 January 2022

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate romance and relationships; however it might not be all hearts and flowers for employers and HR teams. Celebrating the occasion can lead to an increase in claims of sexual harassment at work, especially due to the increasing awareness and understanding within this area.

Taking the money

26 January 2022

With the public falling out between Amazon and VISA, we look at how payment technologies have evolved and which payment options should small businesses consider offering to their customers.

Covid-19 — protection from variants in 2022

21 January 2022

As more clinical data and medical advice becomes available there are both well-established and evolving steps that employers can take to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, visitors and members of the public from changing coronavirus strains. Jon Herbert explores.

Neo supply chains

21 January 2022

For many businesses, 2021 will be remembered for the breakdown in global supply chains. Post-pandemic, what will global supply chains look like for small businesses, and can they mitigate any future crisis? Dave Howell reports.