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Polymer Banknotes - Bank of England Consultation

Polymer Banknotes - Bank of England Consultation

09 October 2013

The BPIF was recently invited to a private consultation on the possible introduction of polymer banknotes to the UK economy.

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Occupational road risk, are you managing it?

26 September 2013

It has been estimated that a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work. So the HSE are encouraging employers to provide better management of driving risks within the business. This is all about sensible management of occupational road risk and working closely with employees to ensure implementation.

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Making public sector procurement more accessible to SMEs -New Consultation Document

19 September 2013

In May this year the Prime Minister's advisor on enterprise and small business, Lord Young of Graffham, recommended developing a set of "single market" principles to be applied by all public bodies in their procurement

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Print and Mail companies will suffer if Royal Mail's plans to overhaul charges to its Postcode Address File (PAF) licence go ahead

19 September 2013

The Royal Mail believes that a simpler approach to licensing PAF is required to meet current and future needs. The proposal aims to incentivise take up and encourage greater use of PAF. However this proposal risks big price hikes for businesses that use PAF, such as for bulk mailing and address searches for online customer form filling.

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Will Gompertz confirmed as celebrity host for Book Awards Event of the Year

Will Gompertz confirmed as celebrity host for Book Awards Event of the Year

11 September 2013

Will is a writer who has penned numerous articles for, among others, The Times and The Guardian. His book, "What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye", was published by Penguin in Autumn 2012. In 2009 he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival

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Safety Notice for the Heidelberg and Thompson Platen machine

05 September 2013

There have been a small number of isolated incidents over the years involving the use of platen presses,  mostly around injury caused by operatives being struck by the ‘windmill’ flick action of the mechanical system at the front of the machine.  Otherwise, there appears to be a good safety record. However, in the eyes of the law for workplace safety, the Platen does not meet the requirements of PUWER in relation to not having suitable guarding to prevent a person accessing dangerous parts of machinery.

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Noise: are you protecting your staff and the business from claims?

Noise: are you protecting your staff and the business from claims?

02 September 2013

Noise is one of those workplace hazards that is over looked by many employers and employees.  However, those who do issue personal protective equipment, such as hearing protection, are confident that they have discharged their duty of care, but this is not enough to rely upon when faced with a regulatory enforcement or a civil claim.

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Public sector procurement

19 August 2013

Share your views on how the public sector operates as a commercial partner by completing the CBI's online survey here.

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Orders and output exceed Q2 expectations - forecast now more upbeat for Q3

Orders and output exceed Q2 expectations - forecast now more upbeat for Q3

07 August 2013

Activity within the UK print trade was more buoyant than expected during the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest BPIF Printing Outlook report.

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New greenhouse gas emissions reporting aims to reduce costs

20 June 2013

The Government has announced new regulations that will affect the way in which companies report their greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG).

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Now is the time to take on an apprentice

13 June 2013

The PrintIT Awards, held at North Print in Harrogate this month, were the culmination of a year’s work involving schools engaging their ex-pupils in the fast moving and exiting world of print and media.

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Employment Law News Roundup

12 June 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 brings many serious changes to the tribunal system and employment law generally this year. So here is a handy summary of what is coming into force and most importantly, when.

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Achieving a legitimate aim proportionately: The Seldon conclusion

12 June 2013

Achieving a legitimate aim proportionately: The Seldon conclusion

Retirement of older workers, especially since the removal of the State Retirement Age, is fraught with difficulty. Mr Seldon, in a well-publicised and long-running case, was a partner in a firm of solicitors who claimed age discrimination when he was forced to retire at 65 under his partnership agreement.

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Breach of Confidentiality - Ignorance can be bliss

12 June 2013

An interesting question was recently decided in the case of Vestergaard Frandsen v Bestnet Europe Ltd which pondered whether an employee can be liable for breach of confidence if they start a new business with others who, without the first employee knowing about it, misuse confidential information.

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The debate on the ongoing power of print and its place in modern communications

11 June 2013

How the industry is in decline! How many printers are going bust! are topics I am asked to discuss frequently as I meet suppliers to the sector and with as we now say Print Service Providers. But to get the passion going on the subject...

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Glastonbury Festival Seeks Intertype Operators

Glastonbury Festival Seeks Intertype Operators

05 June 2013

The Glastonbury Free Press is looking for two experienced Intertype operators to help produce a daily newspaper on site this year.

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BPIF Sponsor PrintIT at North Print

BPIF Sponsor PrintIT at North Print

21 May 2013

The 8th annual PrintIT! Awards, held at North Print in Harrogate this month, were the culmination of a year’s work involving nearly 100 schools.

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Employment Tribunal Fees: Spend Money to Claim Money

15 May 2013

Employment Tribunal Fees: Spend Money to Claim Money

After much consultation, rumour and conjecture, the divisive issue of employment tribunal ("ET") fees has been finalised.

Claims made to the ET will be split into levels one and two respectively, with different fees being applicable at each level depending on the type of claim submitted by the Claimant.

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Redundancy and Poor Performers

15 May 2013

Redundancy and Poor Performers

This month we again visit the often complex area of redundancy, this time with a focus on the rather unique recent case of Malekout v Ahmed & Others.

Here Mr Malekout was the long-time manager of a medical practice, who after over a decade of service began to make threats to the effect that he would soon be handing in his resignation. His doctor bosses were concerned that Mr Malekout's departure would leave them without a practice manager and naturally the administrative chaos that this would wreak on their business.

 

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E-Cigarettes and Alcohol

15 May 2013

E-Cigarettes and Alcohol

It is well established that smoking in the workplace is prohibited by law and that following this and wider smoking bans in society, many employees have sought to quit.

A relatively new method of kicking the habit is the 'E-cigarette'. This is not classed as 'smoking' as nothing is actually burned in the process, making them akin to nicotine inhalers with the addition of an inhalable water vapour through which the nicotine is delivered.

There is presently no legislation whatsoever to prevent an employee from using an E-cigarette in the workplace.

So does an employee have carte blanche to puff away on their E-cigarette all day?

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