Employers will need support to deal with Plan B

15 December 2021

The decision by the Government to react with new restrictions in the face of the Omicron variant (see Prime Minister says it is time for England to move to Plan B) has not been well-received by businesses, even if was not unexpected.

New law addresses use of force in mental health settings

14 December 2021

New regulations of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 commenced on 7 December 2021, together with the publication of new statutory guidance to better protect patients in mental health settings from inappropriate use of force.

Chambers warn that trade will hold back the recovery

14 December 2021

In its latest economic forecast, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that the UK economy will grow at a slower pace than expected with trade set to lag significantly behind the wider recovery.

Housing company fined for polluting watercourse

14 December 2021

Having pleaded guilty to polluting a tributary of Grimescar Dyke with silt on 8 February 2018, Miller Homes Ltd was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £8500 and a victim surcharge of £170 by Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

More employers named for failing to pay staff the minimum wage

14 December 2021

Companies ranging from multinational businesses and large high street names to SMEs and sole traders are among over 200 employers being named and shamed by the Government for failing to pay their lowest-paid staff the minimum wage.

Vulnerable to receive Covid-19 treatments in the community

14 December 2021

A national study for life-saving antiviral and antibody treatments to take at home has been launched for the over 50s and those with underlying health conditions, meaning those at highest risk from Covid-19 can receive direct treatment.