Only a few days ago, there were several newspaper reports indicating that the Government was giving serious consideration to the possibility of easing regulatory restrictions in areas such as employment (see Will the Government take the chance to reduce employment rules?).
From 2 February, in order to combat the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus, which looks to have originated in South Africa, the Government started implementing surge testing in the areas where the variant has been detected.
Five years on from the implementation of new court guidelines for sentencing those who put workers at risk of accidents, injuries and ill health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has praised their positive impact.
From 27 January, employers can apply for a £1000 traineeship incentive grant under a new scheme set up to support young people in gaining the skills and experience they need to get a job, an apprenticeship or pursue further study.