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21st July 2021

Updated Covid Guidance – Step 4

England has moved into Step 4 of the roadmap on 19th July 2021, meaning legal restrictions have been lifted, and all businesses can reopen. The government official guidance to work from home also ends from this date. It should be noted however that there remains a legal duty to assess and manage risks which includes Covid-19. […]

14th July 2021

Changes To The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

As part of its drive to improve the Building Regulations and fire safety systems, the Government has recently outlined the details of forthcoming changes to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. What’s Changing? The new requirements under the Fire Safety Order will increase the duties of ‘Responsible Persons’ to require that: All ‘Responsible Persons’ […]

8th July 2021

Returning To The Office As Lockdown Lifts

Many employers will be preparing to welcome colleagues back to the office as the majority of lockdown restrictions and guidance lift later this month.  It will bring about a welcome return to normality as offices buzz with the sound of team-mates discussing how to tackle a client request or catching up on each other’s weekend […]

1st July 2021

“I do not agree with what you have to say, But I defend your right to say it.”

CGD Europe, a subsidiary of the Centre for Global Development decided not to renew Maya Forstater’s visiting fellow contract and offered no further consultancy work, following an investigation into a series of tweets that expressed her views on gender.  In 2019 she lodged a discrimination claim which the ET dismissed, finding that her comments were […]

23rd June 2021

Director Given 200-Hour Community Service Charge

The director of a pet supplies business in Kings Lynn has received a 200-hour community service charge after one of the firm’s delivery drivers was left paralysed following an incident involving a forklift truck.  Incident The director in question had taken a delivery of pet bedding on 25th June 2018. He was driving the forklift […]

2nd June 2021

“Go Green (HR) Or Go Home?”

HR leaders are in the midst of designing a new future for the HR function and different models or thought processes are required if HR is to remain relevant, going forward.  The default position of many organisations in these times is to please the owner or shareholders (rather than the worker), which decreases the ability […]