Job adverts hit new high in run-up to Christmas

24 December 2021

The REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) is ending the year on an optimistic note as its latest Jobs Recovery Tracker shows three of the best weeks for new adverts on record — with over 270,000 new adverts in one week in November.

UK-EU trade agreement hits small firms hardest

24 December 2021

A leading House of Lords Committee has reported that the burdens of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) have fallen particularly heavily on smaller and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Majority of inspected products sold online breached EU chemicals laws

23 December 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has reported that more than three quarters of nearly 6000 products which it inspected were not compliant with one or more of the REACH, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) and the Biocidal Products Regulations.

Unannounced HSE inspection leads to fine for national construction firm

23 December 2021

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) do not always give notice of their visits and when they turned up unannounced at a national construction company they found poor welfare standards, dangerous electrical systems and inadequate health and safety provision on site.

Covid rule changes in England, Scotland and Wales

23 December 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that no new restrictions will be imposed in England before Christmas but has warned that he is unable to rule out further measures after 25 December because of the speed that the Omicron variant is spreading.