Healthcare appointments in care homes

1 April 2022

I think a few specialist appointments for our care home residents with long-term conditions were cancelled during the pandemic — are our care home staff responsible for ensuring they resume?

Anxiety v stress

1 April 2022

How do I tell whether an employee is suffering from anxiety rather than stress, and when does it become a mental health issue?

Posting Declarations for transport to Europe

30 March 2022

What are the rules for making a Posting Declaration to transport goods into Europe and what information needs to be provided to create an account on the EU portal?

Plastic Packaging Tax

29 March 2022

I’m concerned that my business will be liable for the new plastic tax as we use a lot of plastic packaging. What can I do to prepare for this and in particular, how can I find out whether the plastic we use contains any recycled material?

Ramadan and holiday entitlement

29 March 2022

A number of my employees are practising Muslims. They have complained that they consider themselves to be forced to take time off over Christmas (because we have a one week shut down) and yet they have to use up their holiday entitlement if they want to take time off over Ramadan, which lasts for a month. They believe this amounts to religious discrimination. What can we do?

Ramadan and night shift working

29 March 2022

One of the essential workers on my night shift is a follower of the Islamic faith, and has come to me to talk about Ramadan. As we’re working with reduced staffing levels, we cannot allow her to take annual leave over this period as she would usually do. What provisions should we put in place to allow her to consume food and drink and take part in prayers through the night?