AFI News Week commencing 05/02/24

AFI News Week commencing 05/02/24


Drugs & Alcohol in the Workplace

Build UK hosts roundtable meetings to bring members together to develop solutions to issues impacting the supply chain. A recent meeting, hosted by Eurofins Workplace Drug Testing, focussed on the implementation of Build UK’s Drugs and Alcohol Policy and the latest challenges facing employers when managing the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, including prescribed medication and testing of remote workers.

Building Magazine Report

Building Magazine has published The Long Term Plan for Construction with 11 recommendations designed to help the industry reach its potential. These include more certainty over the pipeline of Government infrastructure projects, as called for by Build UK, reform of the planning system, and a review of Government procurement including implementation of the Construction Playbook.

Fines for Illegal Workers

The fines for employing illegal workers will increase to a maximum of £45,000 per illegal worker for a first offence and to £60,000 for repeated offences under the revised Home Office code of practice from 13 February 2024. Depending on the individual, employers have three options for ensuring that they have the right to work in the UK: a digital check, an online check or an in‐person manual check.

Menopause Policy

Build UK’s template Menopause Policy, published by Citation, was developed in response to calls from members for support with raising awareness of the menopause in the workplace. It can be used to provide a supportive working environment for employees going through the menopause and their colleagues.