Bank holidays — forcing staff to take annual leave

22 April 2022

My staff do not have the entitlement to leave on bank holidays written into their contracts. This year I wish the business to close for a week over a bank holiday period.  How should I go about this?

Discovery of clandestine entrants

20 April 2022

What are the possible consequences if clandestine entrants are discovered concealed in one of my vehicles attempting to enter the UK unlawfully?

Covid Plan B dropped

21 January 2022

Now that Plan B has been dropped, what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place instead and are people still required to self-isolate?

Air conditioning and the virus

15 December 2021

A trade union safety rep has raised concern over the building’s air conditioning system, stating that it could be spreading the Covid-19 virus. Is this the case and what should we be doing to reduce the risk?

Embedding Covid-19 Secure procedures

15 December 2021

My organisation wishes to develop a campaign to help embed appropriate behaviours in relation to the control of virus transmission in the workplace. What should we consider in such a campaign?

New drivers and working time compliance

24 November 2021

We know that the road transport working time regulations apply to our HGV drivers. What should we be doing when we are taking on a new driver to make sure we are compliant?

Defending against physical aggression at work

3 November 2021

In a recent training session on managing risks related to physical violence and aggression at work, an employee asked whether or not employees are allowed to defend themselves by using reasonable force if somebody tries to assault them. What is the legal situation on this?

New driver induction — (driver shortage)

1 October 2021

Like many in the industry we are struggling to find drivers, and some new recruits only stay for a short time before leaving. Given the current uncertainties around drivers, do operators really have to put everyone through an induction before they can be sent out to do a job they are already qualified for?