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Welcome to Blogs – personal articles written by Workplace Law consultants and experts giving their opinions, ideas and suggestions on a wide range of topics that affect businesses and the workplace.

They also comment on wider issues in the community, as well as bringing you up to date on the most important things that the people at Workplace Law are getting up to.

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Is BIM starting to give users a competitive advantage?

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22 Apr 2014 1:53PM

Lee Calver According to new research, 70% of construction professionals using BIM believe it has given them a competitive advantage. The fourth annual National Building Specification (NBS) BIM Survey also revealed that awareness of BIM is now almost universal at 95% and adoption rates are accelerating, with more than half of respondents now using it and 93% predicting adoption by 2016, which is the Government's deadline for BIM use on publicly funded projects. The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 people from across the construction industry including architects, engineers, surveyors and con...

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Office temperature costing UK economy up to £13bn a year

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1 Apr 2014 11:18AM

Lee Calver According to a survey released last week, approximately 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature being inadequate, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13bn annually. The study of 2,000 office workers by One Poll, on behalf of heating and air-conditioning specialist, Andrews Sykes, intended to measure how temperature affects people’s working day, looking at workplace efficiency and output. Office workers aged between 18-60 were questioned, with results showing that less than a quarter of respondents find the temperature in their workplace comfortable, while more tha...

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How much is waste crime costing you?

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11 Mar 2014 10:15AM

Lee Calver Figures released last week revealed that waste crime is costing the UK economy up to £808m a year. The new report by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET), found that the costs of illegal waste sites, tax evasion by waste operators deliberately misclassifying waste to avoid higher rates of landfill tax, and the clean-up costs of fly-tipping equate to more than half a billion pounds a year. According to the report, ‘Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret’, commissioned by the ESAET and conducted by Eunomia, waste crimes are now “widespread and endemic”. Comm...

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