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IOSH: draft law puts people and planet before profit
The European Commission’s long-awaited proposal on corporate sustainability due diligence has been published. Under the draft law, companies with more than 500 employees will be required to prevent and mitigate harm to people and planet – such as child labour and pollution – throughout their global value chains.
Statutory sick pay changes will come into effect on 24 March
Businesses need to prepare for two major changes concerning statutory sick pay (SSP), which will take effect on 24 March.
Increases to National Minimum Wage rates from April 2022
Did you know the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from the start of April 2022? Clare Makowski, HR Business Partner at International Workplace, looks at the increases that will come into force in April and the penalties for not paying your staff the correct wage.
Virtual classroom: a new form of live learning
Employers are making decisions around employees’ training needs post COVID-19 and many are concerned about bringing high numbers of people into a physical classroom. As a result, the pandemic appears to have pushed virtual classroom training to the forefront; it has allowed employees to keep learning during a time when meeting trainers in-person is not necessarily safe. In this blog, David Sharp explains the many benefits of virtual classrooms.
Dementia in the workplace – considerations for employers
Dementia is often thought of as something that affects people who have retired, but with the state pension age rising and the default retirement age a thing of the past, people will increasingly experience the first symptoms of dementia while at work. Employers therefore need to consider how they can make their workplaces more dementia-friendly and the legal duties that arise when an employee has dementia.
NEBOSH certificate programme: the ‘new’ normal
Changes are underway at NEBOSH – both in the face of growing competition for a slice of the global health and safety qualifications market, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEBOSH has made changes to make its certificate-level qualifications even more accessible and attractive for training providers and learners alike. International Workplace CEO David Sharp looks at the new opportunities.
Why there isn't an app for that
Contact tracing via smartphone usage has brought our reliance on mobile apps into question. International Workplace's CEO David Sharp explains why, when it comes to digital learning, mobile apps are not the best choice.
The DNA of digital learning: it's not magic
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven most organisations to switch to digital channels in the absence of physical meetings and face-to-face communication. Nowhere has that sudden change been more strongly felt than in the training sector, where traditional instructor-led or 'classroom' courses have been magically ditched for webinars, virtual classrooms and eLearning. Can it really be so easy? asks International Workplace CEO, David Sharp.
Coronavirus: remote learning in safe hands?
The spread of Coronavirus is forcing us as a society to think differently about the way we interact, including within and without the workplace. With official government warnings that forced isolation could come in the near future, it's time for businesses to start preparing alternative ways of working. As business continuity becomes business as usual, continuing development should not suffer. Asks David Sharp, has digital learning finally found its moment?
Machine learning: you be the judge (for now)
Two recent studies have shown that machine learning solutions can diagnose cancer by processing X-ray images more efficiently and more accurately than trained radiologists. David Sharp considers the implications for learning solutions and for human judgement.