PM cuts social distancing in half

23 June 2020

Our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament as he announced that the Government had decided that the social distancing rules could be relaxed (in England) from 4 July.

People shielding from Covid-19 can return to work

23 June 2020

More than two million people shielding from coronavirus have been advised by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock that they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July.

Face masks: dos and don’ts

23 June 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new advice for the public on when and how to wear masks safely.

Negotiations start on UK-New Zealand trade agreement

22 June 2020

Described by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss as an exciting new chapter in the relationship between the two countries, formal negotiations have opened on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and New Zealand.

Advice for employers on the use of face coverings in the workplace

22 June 2020

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has released a new paper on the use of face coverings in the workplace, and has expressed concern at what it says is the “absence of clear guidance to employers” from the Government regarding likely requests by workers to wear face coverings.

Global freight cut by more than a third

19 June 2020

Mobility restrictions to contain Covid-19 could reduce global freight transport by up to 36% by the end of 2020, according to modelling by the International Transport Forum (ITF).

Acas advice on returning to work during pandemic

19 June 2020

With the Government's advice still being to continue to work from home if possible, the mediation service Acas has noted that many employers and their staff remain concerned about the practicalities of physically going back to work.

Reservist employees can still be furloughed

19 June 2020

After the Government’s announcement on the new flexible furlough starting on 1 July 2020 (where staff can be brought back to work on a part-time basis), they clarified those who would be exempt from the deadlines introduced for both flexible furlough and full furlough. Other than those returning from various forms of family leave, it has now also been confirmed that military reservists returning from service can be furloughed for the first time after the cut-off date of 10 June — providing that the organisation has previously furloughed at least one employee.