Let’s not fall for it

22 March 2021

A new charity aims to prevent deadly falls from height by encouraging research into the behavioural changes needed to make work at height safer, says Hannah Williams.

Stepping up to the standard

22 March 2021

When purchasing portable ladders it is vital to check the equipment has been independently certified to meet the new BS EN 131 standard, says Francis Camilleri.

The Government should fund all cladding removal

22 March 2021

The Government’s recently announced plans to fund the removal of unsafe cladding from residential buildings over 18 metres high does not go far enough, argues Jonathan O’Neill.

The cladding crisis is far from over

22 March 2021

The Government has announced an extra £3.5 billion in funding to remove flammable cladding from residential buildings, but a shortage of contractors to carry out the work means people will be living in potentially unsafe homes for years to come, says Nigel Glen from the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA).

Legal registers explained

22 March 2021

Companies are not required to have a legal register. However, if they are operating in areas in which compliance with a wide range of rules and regulations is necessary, it is difficult to see how they could meet their obligations without a proper system in place. Paul Clarke explains what a legal register is and how it can be a practical tool that improves efficiency and helps to reduce costly mistakes.

Environmental taxes — do they work?

22 March 2021

John Barwise considers the latest summary of UK environmental tax measures published by the National Audit Office (NAO) and assesses their impact on businesses.

IR35 and the transport sector: new self-employment rules

19 March 2021

On 6 April 2021, new rules (IR35) come into force aiming to prevent tax avoidance by off-payroll workers claiming to be self-employed when they are better classed as “employed” and clamping down on companies who avoid employment legislation by hiring such workers. Here Richard Smith discusses the implications of these new rules for companies using self-employed or agency staff in the transport industry.

HR implications of the PM’s roadmap

19 March 2021

Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, details the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of England’s lockdown and the HR implications of it.