Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

4 April 2020

With the Government introducing plans for financial assistance to provide employers an alternative to redundancies, here are some FAQs on furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme

3 April 2020

The Government has announced its plans for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time, although offering no work, and avoid lay-offs. It is called the Job Retention Scheme and aims to avoid lay-offs or redundancies while employers are unable to offer work to their employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

Eight essential coronavirus Q&As

30 March 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a continously fast-moving subject. Please refer to the GOV.UK’s website for the latest updates.

From global warming to net zero: your route map

27 March 2020

The UK Government has announced a target of net zero for UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. John Barwise defines the key environmental terms and explains the mechanisms by which we could achieve this ambitious target.

Managing stress during the pandemic

25 March 2020

Amid all the uncertainties and disruption caused by COVID-19, an awareness of how your team is coping is all-important. Laura King looks at what managers can do to reduce stress for themselves and employees.

Case report: directors and company sentenced for hoarding waste tyres

24 March 2020

On 17 January 2020, Northampton Crown Court fined company Synergy Tyres (Midland) Ltd £11,250 and sentenced its two directors to a suspended prison sentence and community order respectively, for stockpiling waste tyres in excess of their environmental permit.