Paying staff working late when the clocks go back

27 October 2021

My business partner and I have recently opened a new venture — a late night opening bar in a busy city centre. Our clients generally come in “after the party”, as we’re open until 4am. In our staff meeting this week, the team leader raised the fact the clocks are going back on Sunday morning. They’re asking if they will get paid more, I don’t know where to start!

Training for COSHH risk assessments

26 October 2021

It has been suggested we should be training employees to complete COSHH risk assessments. Is this the case and can we complete this training in-house?

The golden thread

26 October 2021

I’m hearing a lot about the “golden thread” in specification. What’s that all about?

Export and return of goods for repair to and from the EU

26 October 2021

We understand that in the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA), there is a clause that permits us to send goods to the EU for repair without them having to be approved for a special customs procedure such as Outward Processing relief (OP). Our freight forwarder is saying this isn’t the case and we need to be approved to export goods for repair to the EU. Is this correct?

Sludge

25 October 2021

Is it really a good idea to use anaerobic digestate and other biowastes as fertilisers? What safeguards are in place to protect human and animal health from the hazardous chemicals that are sometimes found in waste?

Sparkly paper

25 October 2021

As we approach Christmas, the office recycling bin will soon be full of sparkly gift wrap. Is it true that we shouldn’t recycle it?

Domestic Abuse

21 October 2021

Domestic abuse is contributing to a growing number of cases in our practice. Has this been evident nationally during the pandemic, and what is the current advice for our team to follow to deal effectively with these?

Designing fire escape signage

20 October 2021

Following the completion of a fire-risk assessment by an external contractor, it has been recommended that we redesign our fire escape signage system. What should we be doing in relation to this recommendation?

Natasha's Law

20 October 2021

Natasha’s Law comes into effect this month. We have held many meetings with our catering contractor and are confident we will be compliant regarding food on sale in school. Is there more we should be doing?