EU Exit Transition Watch — Will COVID-19 delay Brexit?

2 April 2020

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union was opposed by many in both Houses of Parliament, caused concern in groups ranging from the CBI to the TUC and resulted in serious warnings from, among others, the Bank of England, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Some of these objections certainly put obstacles in the path to Brexit, but the arrival of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and his significant victory in the December 2019 general election left little doubt that the UK now had a set date to leave the Union — by the end of 2020. If that date was to change, the Prime Minister warned, it would only be because the current trade negotiations were not heading in the right direction — in which case he was prepared to call an end to the talks and leave the EU in the summer.

Alternatives to redundancy — suggestions

1 April 2020

In this article, Stuart Chamberlain, Croner-i author and employment law consultant, outlines alternatives to redundancy for employers such as the Government's Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough”), while managing a pandemic such as the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Deep cleaning the workplace in the time of coronavirus

1 April 2020

Within a relatively short space of time, the coronavirus has radically changed working life around the world, perhaps forever in the case of some organisations. Never before has workplace cleaning taken on life and death implications across so many different types of ordinary, non-specialist, work settings. Vicky Powell looks at how to deep clean workplaces to best protect workers and others from the COVID-19 virus.

April’s employment law changes

1 April 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, employers may be forgiven for forgetting about some key changes that are happening this month. Andrew Willis, senior manager of the Litigation and Employment Department at Croner outlines the main changes that employers can be reminded of.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

31 March 2020

As the number of cases in the UK and abroad continue to rise, the situation is quickly evolving. There are a number of risks posed by the virus that employers will need to be aware of, and it is important to remember that employers have a duty of care towards their employees and should take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce. This information is being continually checked and updated.

Caring for head and mind

31 March 2020

Caring for head and mind Mates in Mind was established by the Health in Construction Leadership Group with the support of the British Safety Council in 2017 to help employers to promote positive mental health among their staff. Iris Cepero reports on its work to date.

It’s not about fashion

31 March 2020

The growing focus on promoting good mental health at work must not come at the expense of tackling traditional ‘physical’ occupational health problems such as harmful noise exposure, says Lawrence Waterman.

More to scaffolding than meets the eye

31 March 2020

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation strives to ensure high safety standards among those who erect and dismantle scaffolds, says David Mosley.