Preparing for a Covid-19 winter

19 October 2020

As we head into winter, employers will need to consider factors such as the role internal heating and ventilation systems could play in spreading Covid-19 in indoor workplaces, says Professor Kevin Bampton.

Post furlough scheme options for employers

19 October 2020

On 20 March 2020, the Government announced its plans for financial assistance, called the Job Retention Scheme, to help employers retain staff for an extended period of time due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme was aimed at avoiding lay-offs or redundancies where employers were unable to offer work to their employees.

Back to school — problems and solutions

19 October 2020

Schools have gone to great lengths to make a safe and healthy autumn return to the classroom possible. Despite high attendance figures, many heads report practical problems and a shortage of advice. The Government has updated its Covid-19 guidance. Jon Herbert reports.

State of play on the UK’s trade agreements

19 October 2020

The UK Government’s ambition is to secure Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) covering 80% of UK trade within the next three years. The priority is to agree trade agreements with the EU, US, Australia and New Zealand, having already concluded the first post-Brexit trade agreement with Japan in September. The UK is also continuing to negotiate trade agreements to reproduce the effects of EU agreements with countries when they no longer apply to the UK at the end of 2020.

Transport changes ADR 2021

19 October 2020

In this feature Caroline Raine outlines the changes that will be brought into ADR 2021. The changes are applicable from 1 January 2021 and mandatory on 1 July 2021.

Net zero — is your business prepared?

19 October 2020

The UK is committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and most of the world’s leading economies are following a similar path. Larger companies are falling into line and supply chain businesses will be expected to do the same. In this report, John Barwise looks at the drivers for net zero and what businesses can do to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and avert a climate crisis.

Road accident statistics

19 October 2020

The Government publishes annual road accident statistics some nine months in arrears of the year in question and the 2019 figures have just been made available. Headline figures may be “cherry-picked” to make a particular point but deeper investigation can be useful to road transport operators by providing an indication of where would be the most effective areas to concentrate monitoring and training of drivers in order to improve road safety. Richard Smith looks at some details of the 2019 figures with this in mind.

Managing contractors

16 October 2020

For many organisations, the Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of selecting and managing external work teams carefully. Contracting out tasks does not mean contracting out health, safety and wellbeing responsibilities. Jon Herbert reports on a recent White Paper from Alcumus.

Data: a key to the UK’s economic recovery

16 October 2020

The Government believes data should be put to work across the economy to improve export performance, business efficiency, public services and the environment. The new National Data Strategy is designed to open up digital information’s full potential. Jon Herbert reports.