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Increase in time off for mental health – but less taboo

Almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce and insurer Aviva. One in three (33%) business leaders have also ...


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Gig economy drivers and riders – managing the heightened risk of traffic collisions

The pressures that come with being a self-employed courier or taxi driver may significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, a new report by UCL finds. The majority of those surveyed – 63% – are not provided with sa...


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Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for landlords

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules. The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the government, which has also l...


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England’s first SHE apprenticeship launched

The launch of England’s first Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship has been announced. The new scheme has been developed to address the impact that changes in technology and innovation are having on business working practices ...


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‘Ban the box’ may be aided by GDPR

Analysis of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the new Data Protection Act by Nacro has shown that employers across the country will struggle to justify requesting criminal record information at the initial application stage of a recru...


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Apprenticeship service for all employers postponed to March 2020

Following the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms in May 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced its intention to extend current contracts for training providers delivering training for employers that do not pay the appr...