Early years survey of parents published

10 January 2020

The Department for Education has published its annual Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents which reveals that 76% of under-fives in England used childcare in 2019, equating to 1.9 million children.

2020 rates for SMP, SPP, ShPP, SAP and SSP released

10 January 2020

The Government has published the proposed statutory rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), which come into effect on 5 April 2020, the first Sunday in April. The rate is set to increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week.

Health and safety prosecutions down

10 January 2020

A health and safety lawyer has advised businesses not to relax their standards, even though prosecutions for breaching health and safety laws may be at record low levels, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Review of changes to off-payroll working rules

10 January 2020

The Government has decided to launch a review of changes to off-payroll working rules in order to address any concerns from businesses and affected individuals about how they will be implemented.

Latest list of dual use controlled items

10 January 2020

EU Regulation 428/2009 set up a regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items from the European Union.

The unnoticed impact of business travel

9 January 2020

A new report has highlighted the unnoticed impacts of business travel, pointing out that travelling too much can harm employees’ mental and physical health as well as affect their relationships.