The European Commission has issued the first draft of the revision to the EU Blue Guide on the implementation of EU Product Rules.

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As part of the agreement in place between MakeUK and BMTA we are delighted to be able to offer BMTA Member companies free access to a webinar on; COVID-19 Employment law considerations: A recap and reminder.

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BEIS recent webinar on Returning to Work for Laboratories and Research Facilities is now available to watch, on demand, HERE. For those operating university laboratories, GUIDANCE has been published to help providers of higher education In England understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus outbreak and provide services to students.

BEIS have also issued a SURVEY on how businesses are finding returning to work. This survey is to assist BEIS in understanding the issues being encountered when returning to the workplace or restarting operations. They would be grateful for your input. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest updates to government guidance, please subscribe to the Coronavirus Businesses and Employers Bulletin HERE.

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The Government updated their detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme late on 12th June 2020. The updated guidance clarifies how employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis from 1 July (known as flexible furloughing).

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The Government has announced that parents on family leave who return to work in the coming months can be furloughed and are exempt from the 10 June cut-off date, provided the employer has previously furloughed employees. This amendment to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme applies to those on maternity, paternity, adoption leave, shared parental leave and parental bereavement leave.

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The following extract is from the official ILAC notification.

"As a result of the recent referendum detailed in our earlier correspondence (provided below), the transition period for ISO/IEC 17025:2017 has been extended to 1 June 2021.

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BSI has published Safe Working Guidelines. The guidelines provide a framework for business owners, senior leaders, managers and workers to protect people at work from the ongoing risks related to the coronavirus. BSI plans to update the guidelines in the current weeks, based on the feedback they receive.

Please follow the links to the PRESS RELEASE and GUIDELINES documents.

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Following UKAS announcement that they will be extending the period during which remote assessment will be undertaken to 1st October 2020 UKAS are running a live webinar at 9am on 4th June 2020, to help businesses prepare. Should you wish to join this webinar please use this link to REGISTER

If you are unable to make the live webinar UKAS have also produced an on-demand video that may be of interest. The video can be accessed HERE

 

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The Government has announced that from 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back on a part time basis whilst also announcing the tapering of the financial support offered from August.

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Welcome readers to the Spring issue of the BMTA Newsletter. The first quarter of the year hasn't been quite as expected and has brought with it challenges and difficulties of an unparalleled and exceptional nature.

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The UK Government together with the NHS have produced guidance, for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. They are presenting a series of free webinars, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to help you to make your workplace COVID-secure.

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