Is long Covid a disability under the Equality Act?

13 May 2022

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has responded to discussion of the various symptoms related to Covid-19 that are often referred to as “long Covid” and, in particular, whether they would constitute a disability under the Equality Act.

Roofers and builders reminded to follow duty of care

13 May 2022

Most roofers and builders are law-abiding and take their duty of care seriously when it comes to waste management, the Environment Agency said, but it had decided to issue a general warning when its officers found a large amount of buried asbestos waste when executing a search warrant at a site in the South West.

Chambers’ cautious welcome for small increase in UK exports

13 May 2022

The latest trade report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) notes that total UK exports of goods, excluding precious metals, increased by £0.6 billion (2.1%) in March 2022, driven by a £0.4 billion (2.6%) increase in exports to non-EU countries, while exports to EU countries increased by £0.3 billion (1.7%).

Reactions to missing Employment Bill in Queen’s Speech

12 May 2022

As we reported earlier this week, one of the more noticeable things about the Queen’s Speech was the proposed legislation that was not included, specifically the Employment Bill that was first mooted in 2019 (see Queen’s Speech promises levelling up, education reform and Brexit opportunities).

Government set to widen ban on exclusivity clauses in employment contracts

12 May 2022

Following a public consultation carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Government has decided to widen the ban on exclusivity clauses, removing red tape and giving the lowest paid workers the choice to work multiple jobs if they so wish.