How to use the Care Inspection Audit Tool

13 July 2020

Inspections are carried out in just one or two days, but your “internal inspecting” should be continuous and it is important to cover all key areas described in the CQC Key Lines of Enquiry systematically. This is where the interactive Inspection Audit Tool is invaluable. We explain how to use it.

Getting back on the road: driving safely during Covid-19

13 July 2020

A look the key principles in the Covid Secure guidance Working safely during Covid-19 in or from a vehicle to provide a practical guide for hauliers and other operators on how to work safely during the current pandemic.

Flexible Furlough under the Job Retention Scheme

10 July 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been in place since March 2020 in order to assist employers who could not maintain their workforce because their operations have been affected by coronavirus. The mechanics of furloughing employees under the scheme until 10 June 2020 are covered in our separate FAQs “Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme”. These FAQs deal with the mechanics of flexible furlough which is in place from 1 July 2020.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

10 July 2020

The risks from Covid-19 are still very much present in the workplace 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.

Hydrogen — a small atom with a big punch

10 July 2020

The hydrogen-economy — first “blue” and then increasingly “green” — is primed to play an exponential role in post-pandemic decarbonisation and the UK’s sustainable recovery with important corporate energy generation and SME supply-chain opportunities. Jon Herbert reports.

Covid Secure: working safely for labs and research facilities

9 July 2020

The UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces to establish safe operations as they reopen following lockdown. Dr Lisa Bushby considers the latest official advice given to labs and similar environments.

Moving out of lockdown: public transport guidance for operators

9 July 2020

In its Covid-19 Recovery Strategy, the Government said that it wanted to begin a gradual return to work in England. While anyone able to work from home should continue to do so, it insisted, those who needed to be at their place of work should be looking to return as soon as employers confirmed it was safe to do so. However, the guidance continued, what these returners should not do is overload public transport.

Coronavirus and frustration of contract: a first look

9 July 2020

The effect of Covid-19 on a wide range of contracts, including employment contracts, consumer agreements and insurance, has yet to be decided by the courts. Robert Spicer considers some relevant cases on employment contracts.