Business and Other Briefings

HSEUnsafe practices on construction sites across Wales are to be targeted as part of a national initiative aimed at reducing death, injury & ill health. Between 19 February & 17 March 2013, they will make unannounced visits to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at height.
Press release & links
 
TIS: Government proposals that will stop suppliers of IT and other essential services to insolvent businesses from seeking an unfair advantage over other creditors by making increased charges or payments of debts a condition to supply their services were announced recently in an amendment to the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill.
 
The proposals also require essential suppliers in the IT & utilities sectors to continue to supply goods & services to an insolvency practitioner (IP) trying to rescue a business, unless specifically released by the IP or the court, benefiting creditors & employees.

Safeguards will be provided to ensure that suppliers who are obliged to continue supplying the insolvent business are adequately protected. The Government will consult on the impacts before implementing the proposed powers.
Press release & links
 
BIS: Thousands of businesses are to be spared from red tape after Business Minister Jo Swinson announced the interim results from the Company and Commercial Law Red Tape Challenge, which show that ‘half of the 115 regulations on the day to day running of a company and the preparing and filing of their accounts are to be scrapped, merged or simplified’.  

This will cut down the dead weight of the statute book by removing redundant legislation and ensure that the remaining regulations are simpler to understand.
Press release & links
 
BIS: Businesses & working families are invited to submit their views on how the system for shared parental leave & pay will work. The result of the consultation will influence how the government legislates under the Children & Families Bill 2013
 
Acas is separately seeking views from employees & employers, particularly small businesses, who have difficulties managing requests for flexible working fairly.   Both consultations close on 20 May 2013 - See ‘Consultations’ section for more information.
Active Wellbeing 2023 is running from 1-28 February