HS2 — investing in capacity, not just speed

10 April 2020

The Government’s recent green light for HS2 has raised passions on all sides. Opponents worry about environmental damage while proponents say this can be minimised and set in a context of very long-term economic and social gains. Jon Herbert reports.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

9 April 2020

With the Government introducing plans for financial assistance to provide employers an alternative to redundancies, here are some FAQs on furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.

Managing an employee with shingles

9 April 2020

Nicola Jagielski from Health Assured describes what shingles is, and advises on whether employees who have the infection should be working.

Coronavirus and the GDPR

8 April 2020

Recent events have brought the GDPR back on to the agenda as the implications of how organisations are going to be expected to deal with the current COVID-19 epidemic have become apparent. There will clearly be a necessity for employers to ensure that the risk of infection to their staff, customers and the general public is minimised. At the same time they must be aware that the information they are collecting during this process can have significant privacy consequences.

Welding fume inspections roll-out

8 April 2020

HSE inspections will target welding fume following evidence that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause cancer.

Working from home: the new normal

8 April 2020

Millions of people are working from home to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but homeworkers and their managers need to guard against risks to their mental wellbeing arising from the sense of isolation, says Mike Robinson.