Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

The Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are now mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from today (Friday, 24th July 2020). These exemptions include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or…

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Restricting resale prices: how CMA are using data to protect customers

The UK’s competition and consumer law enforcement body is harnessing the power of online price monitoring to help detect where firms might be engaging in resale price maintenance (RPM). The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has developed a bespoke price…

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Mandatory Face Coverings from July

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs in England from Friday, 24th July 2020 as the Government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus. It will be compulsory to…

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Can the UK’s mental health service cope with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak?

There is no doubt that we have seen an increase in problems for those people already struggling with a mental illness. For them, the coronavirus outbreak has amplified their circumstances and things are much harder. The impact of Covid-19 on…

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New BCGA Chief Executive sets out vision for the future

The new chief executive of the British Compressed Gases Association has set out future plans for the national trade body. Ellen Daniels has taken up the leadership role, following the retirement of Doug Thornton earlier this year. Formerly the Head…

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HMRC Amnesty for Furlough Rule Breaches

Any employers who have furloughed their employees during the coronavirus crisis without meeting the formal conditions of the scheme are now able to take advantage of an amnesty to repay sums without any penalties or further sanctions. The Finance Bill,…

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Trade Association Forum AGM – Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 2.00pm

This is the formal notice for the Sixth Annual General Meeting for the Trade Association Forum. The AGM will take place on Tuesday, 28th July 2020 by Webinar. The Forum would be delighted to have as many members as possible…

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New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill Webinars

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has planned two webinars to explain different aspects of this new legislation….

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Easing of lockdown restrictions in England – reopening of further businesses

From Saturday 4th July 2020, all businesses and venues in England can reopen, except for a small number of ‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas, which will need…

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The National Apprenticeship Services Needs You!

As the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is engaged with capturing crucial insights from their employers, intermediaries, and their ambassador networks, they have become very aware of organisations that are planning redundancies involving apprentices. At the same time, NAS is very…

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Coronavirus Recovery – Six Data Protection Steps for Organisations

As lockdown restrictions start to ease and businesses begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out some key steps that organisations need to take around the use of personal information. Data protection won’t stop organisations asking employees…

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Helping Your Members Return to Work Safely

With many businesses just starting to reopen their doors following the Covid-19 lockdown, Miles Smith Insurance Group have created a useful guide to help your members return to work safely.

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