Forthcoming trade events March 2020

28 February 2020

This regularly updated events calendar notifies importers and exporters of forthcoming conferences, seminars/workshops, trade shows, trade missions and networking opportunities worldwide.

Asbestos management in schools

28 February 2020

Former headteacher Michael Evans looks at the issues associated with historical asbestos in schools.

UK sets the standards on sustainable finance

28 February 2020

The UK’s national standards body, BSI, has released a world-first green finance guidance standard to help the financial sector define globally applicable sustainability standards. John Barwise looks at what the new standard might mean for UK businesses and the drivers for a sustainable finance sector.

Visual perception in early years

28 February 2020

Visual perception is vital in the development of school readiness skills. Liz Hodgman, Childcare Consultant, looks at the different aspects of visual perception and how early years practitioners can support children’s visual perception development through play.

Guidance on managing coronavirus issues at work

27 February 2020

Although the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the UK are low, 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.

Eight essential coronavirus Q&As

27 February 2020

The law allows you to cancel annual leave that has already been authorised as long as you give the minimum required notice but you should proceed with caution here. Cancelling leave which has already been authorised, in any situation, is not likely to go down well with the employee and will often lead to a loss of money for them. If you proceed with cancellation, consider offering compensation for the employee’s financial loss. But there may also be a discrimination risk here; cancelling all leave to certain countries may have a disproportionate impact on certain employees who are using their leave to visit family abroad.

Design liability

26 February 2020

When something goes wrong in a construction project and it’s blamed on the “design”, who is liable — the architect? Surveyor? Contractor? Client? Roland Finch investigates.

Delivering safer winters

26 February 2020

GPS tracking technology is now being used to record winter gritting operations on business sites, providing a traceable record in the event of a civil compensation claim if someone slips on ice or snow, explains Jason Petsch.