Sequencing the Covid genome safely

7 April 2021

Simon Rice, head of health and safety at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, explains how he keeps laboratory staff safe as they strive to spot new variants of the coronavirus.

EU exit transition watch — Ode to Joy?

6 April 2021

In our regular look at the developing situation between the UK and the EU post-Brexit it would be safe to say that the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the anthem of the European Union, will not have been playing regularly on either side of the Channel in the last month as relations between the UK and the EU have been anything but joyful.

Help to Grow

5 April 2021

In the 2021 Budget the government introduced two “Help to Grow” schemes to aid SMEs develop their businesses. These are Help to Grow: Management and Help to Grow: Digital. In this article we look at the details of the schemes.

Keeping pace with business and environment standards after Brexit

5 April 2021

The UK has left the European Union and is free to set its own rules on trade, and pursue its own plans for economic prosperity and environmental protection. In this article, John Barwise reviews progress following the UK’s departure from the EU, and assesses the implications for businesses and the environment in the long term.

Sleep-in carers not entitled to NMW whilst asleep — case details

1 April 2021

In a long-standing case, Tomlinson-Blake v Royal Mencap Society, the Supreme Court (SC) has held that “sleep-in” carers are not entitled to receive national minimum wage (NMW) for the hours they spend asleep and are therefore not working. Here, we discuss the details of the case.

The Good Work Plan one year on

1 April 2021

Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores the Good Work Plan in detail, touching on the changes that have happened and those yet to come.

Safer ventilation at work — airborne transmission of the virus

1 April 2021

Airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus has been revealed to be more of a threat than initially thought in the pandemic, highlighting the need for effective ventilation and air conditioning systems in our workplaces. This position has continued. Vicky Powell examines the latest specialist advice on how to mitigate the threat of the airborne coronavirus.

The Covid-19 effect on long-term reform in adult social care

31 March 2021

A new inquiry has been launched by the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) to examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the social care sector and its long-term funding. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2021, with information on how to give evidence here.

Emergency action codes — 2021 changes

31 March 2021

In this feature article, Caroline Raine discusses the 2021 changes to the emergency action codes (EACs) as a result of the new 2021 version of the Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).