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National Apprenticeship Week

10 Feb 2021

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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"Building after Brexit" - the impact of the deal on the construction sector

26 Jan 2021

It is widely considered that the Brexit deal is preferable to what would have arisen in a no-deal Brexit, and the deal has been cautiously welcomed by many in the construction industry for providing some much sought-after clarity. Whilst the impacts of Covid are ongoing and are likely to be lasting, the…

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Lockdown 3.0 - Considerations and Implications for Employers

18 Jan 2021

On 4 January, the prime minister announced that the country would be going into the third national lockdown in less than a year and the advice reverted to stay at home except where absolutely necessary for limited legally permitted reasons. Many businesses are required to close again, and workers…

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Working Hours and Managing Stressors

18 Jan 2021

Early in 2020, in direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government amended Section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to provide a temporary, fast track deemed consent route for developers to apply to local planning authorities to vary existing conditions, or the details submitted…

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Environment Bill - What does it mean for developers?

18 Jan 2021

Following the UK's official departure from the European Union on 1 January 2021, the Environment Bill is set to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Government. The Bill as it stands will incorporate environmental protections covered in EU legislation, as well as…

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Employment Law Changes 2021 - Impact on Property & Construction Industries

18 Jan 2021

Under the new lockdown restrictions, the government has urged all employees to work from home unless they cannot "reasonably" do so. The very nature of the construction sector means that this is not possible for construction workers and so despite the tighter restrictions they can thankfully…

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Survey reveals continued IR35 concerns for UK businesses

26 Nov 2020

HMRC introduced the 'off-payroll working rules', commonly referred to as the 'IR35 rules' in 2000, to tackle situations where some contractors took advantage of the tax efficiencies of providing their services through their limited company or another type of intermediary, when in…

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Risk-Assessing the Uncontrollable

07 Oct 2020

The HSE has just announced that it will be conducting its latest round of construction site inspections throughout October. They are focussing on various issues, most notably how sites are dealing with exposure to dust (in all its forms). Construction workers are disproportionately more likely to…

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