Covid Secure: working safely in factories, plants and warehouses

17 May 2021

The UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces with advice on establishing safe operations. Gordon Tranter considers the updated advice given to people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

HR hot topics — an overview

12 May 2021

Throughout May, we are looking at some of the biggest issues currently facing HR and the steps employers can take to respond to them. Ben McCarthy, lead researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i provides an overview for some of the present key issues.

Court of Appeal decision in environmental permit regulations case

10 May 2021

On 21 August 2020, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) gave judgment in the case of R (The Environment Agency) v Dean Andrew Ryder and Andrew Lawrence Green. Ryde and Green had appealed against their convictions for breaches of environmental permit regulations and a confiscation order.

Environmental policies

4 May 2021

Laura King looks at why an environmental policy is needed and how to ensure any existing policies are still fit-for-purpose.

Clear green skies above

23 April 2021

Aviation is a potential stumbling block to the UK’s post-pandemic recovery and net-zero climate goals. Many believe carbon-neutral flight is pie-in-the-sky. But, as Jon Herbert explains, technical advances are putting air travel on an increasingly green trajectory.

COP26 — travelling towards net-zero carbon

19 April 2021

The world is on course to cut carbon emissions by less than 1% before 2030. Keeping temperature rises down to a “safe” 1.5°C needs a 45% fall, a February 2021 UN Climate Change report warns. Jon Herbert asks if November’s global COP26 climate summit in Scotland can close the gap.

Toilet provision: same sex or gender neutral?

16 April 2021

The Government has noted a trend towards the removal of sex-specific toilet provision over the past few years. Can gender-neutral facilities meet everyone’s needs? Laura King considers the expectations and requirements for toilet provision.

The new waste prevention plan

15 April 2021

The new draft waste prevention programme for England, published on 18 March, demonstrates that the Government has grasped the importance of a circular economy and appreciates that it could bring major economic benefits — including job creation — while tackling the environmental imperatives of conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions. Caroline Hand reports on the details of the proposal.