Time for a tachograph update

18 January 2012

Paul Clarke takes a look at proposed legislation to make tachograph fraud more difficult and to reduce the administrative burden on transport operators.

Looking forward to developments in Employment Law in 2012

18 January 2012

The Coalition Government’s stated objective of reforming and simplifying employment law, and reducing red tape for businesses, is gathering pace, says Lynda Macdonald, freelance employment law trainer, consultant and author. There are various important developments — some currently subject to ongoing consultation and some at a more advanced stage — aimed at amending, abolishing or otherwise reforming employment legislation. This article aims to explore these developments.

Traffic Commissioners’ Guidelines — a synopsis

18 January 2012

In December 2011, the Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, issued 10 Guidelines, providing information as to the way she believes that Commissioners should interpret the law. In this article, Michael Jewell summarises the salient points in each of the Guidelines.

EU crisis: who's in charge?

17 January 2012

It appears that any solution to the Europe’s current problems will require decisive, overall leadership. However, it is hard to see any individuals or bodies able to provide such leadership in an EU that is hamstrung by its origins, traditions and structure, writes Paul Clarke.

Beyond greenwashing

17 January 2012

Protecting the environment is now central to all organisations’ activities as they expand their CSR. But is greenwashing now a thing of the past? Dave Howell reports.

Future of EU Customs Union

17 January 2012

At the beginning of the 21st century, customs worldwide were, in the European Commission's opinion, facing a rapidly changing environment including evolving production and consumption patterns, increasing international trade, global threats such as terrorism, organised crime and environmental degradation and growing hazards from trade in dangerous goods. The Commission's response was to launch an ambitious reform programme. Paul Clarke reports.

CDM 2007 and smaller jobs

13 January 2012

Paul Reeve, Head of Safety and Environment at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, London, looks at the application of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 in relation to smaller, non-notifiable construction jobs.

Achieving outstanding

13 January 2012

In September 2011, Woodlands Children’s Centre in South Croydon received an outstanding grading from Ofsted. In this article, the Centre Manager, Liz Hodgman, explores some of the reasons why she feels they were able to achieve this.