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Workers reluctant for home to replace office

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated, according to new independent polling commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO), the representative body for the UK’s office sector. Just one in five (20%) UK adults plans...


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New guidance on legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

If your building has been closed or with reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. The serious Legionnaires’ dise...


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Half of UK employees still expect to be furloughed, fired, or take a pay cut in the next three months

Only half of current employees (51%) expect to continue to work normally over the coming three months, according to new research from professional services consultancy Barnett Waddingham. The rest expect to be furloughed, made redundant, or take a...


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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government has announced. The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme wa...


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Calls to delay IR35 reform again are rejected

A call for IR35 reform in the private sector to be delayed until 2023/24 has been rejected by the House of Commons, which means the controversial tax changes will still be rolled out on 6 April 2021. David Davis MP, who proposed that further chan...


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Councils’ COVID-19 transport planning requires urgent scale-up of e-cargo bike usage

Emergency road closures, widening of footways and the creation of new pop-up cycleways means bikes are going to be the fastest way of getting around cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham as the UK eases slowly back to work. To stay competi...