UK secures rollover trade deal with Canada

23 November 2020

According to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, the UK and Canada have locked in their existing trading relationship, worth £20 billion, and agreed to begin negotiating a new and more ambitious trade deal as early as next year.

Statement on Covid-secure workplaces and higher-risk workers

23 November 2020

A consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for workers, including those of ethnic minority groups, has been issued by Public Health England (PHE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

HMRC confirms action against Construction Industry Scheme abuse

23 November 2020

In March, we reported on a consultation launched by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on planned changes to the rules to prevent tax loss from the operation of the Construction Industry Scheme (see Tackling Construction Industry Scheme abuse ).

Link between asthma and night shift work

20 November 2020

A team of UK researchers has concluded that staff who work the night shift on a permanent basis face a higher likelihood of asthma, suggesting that the health and safety implications of the study are far reaching.

IOSH calls for swift implementation of gig ruling

20 November 2020

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for a swift response from businesses to a UK High Court ruling that gig workers should be offered the same protection as their permanent colleagues.

Women will work the rest of the year “for free”

20 November 2020

A leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights has pointed out that Equal Pay Day 2020 (the day in the year when women effectively, on average, stop earning relative to men) fell on Friday 20 November.

Health union set to celebrate One Team Day

20 November 2020

Arguing that operational services support staff rarely get the recognition they deserve, UNISON is preparing to mark One Team Day on 25 November as part of its campaign to celebrate everything that NHS staff have been doing behind the scenes throughout the pandemic.