What are free places?

23 July 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced an early roll-out of “free places” from this September. What are free places and how will the scheme work? Will two-year-olds be entitled to a free early education place?

Procedure for suspending sick pay

23 July 2012

We believe that one of our employees is abusing the sick pay system and are considering suspending his sick pay. What do we need to do before we can take this step?

Erecting a bandstand

20 July 2012

We are erecting a bandstand for the Olympics. What do we need to do to ensure the safety of our employees?

Older people and personal budgets

18 July 2012

The older people who make up the majority of the clients of our domiciliary care agency often seem reluctant to take on the responsibility for managing their own care finances. Why then do the Government and our local authority pressurise them to take on personal budgets?

CFC releases from fridges

18 July 2012

Our fridge/freezer has stopped working, and appears to be damaged. I am worried some of the chlorofluorocarbons may have been released. What should I do?

Reasons for suspending sick pay

16 July 2012

The school is revising and updating its absence management procedure. We are preparing a draft for consultation. Is it advisable to make clear in the procedure when a member of staff's sick pay can be suspended?

Chemical mixtures

12 July 2012

In relation to normal chemicals, is there more than one definition for “mixtures”?

Day care cuts

11 July 2012

A day centre for older people in our area is closing — is this a national trend?