June 21, 2016

Reckless restaurant owner jailed after killing customer with peanut curry

A ‘reckless’ restaurant owner has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal anaphylactic shock following an allergic reaction to a takeaway curry. The 52 year old businessman was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence when a customer with a severe peanut allergy died after eating a…

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June 15, 2016

#Forkliftfail – how not to be a smash on YouTube

YouTube is many things. Home of all cat videos. Handy DIY resource. And 21st century TV station (or the 21st century equivalent of Beadle’s About at least). But one thing it is not renowned for is a repository of health and safety best practice. Search ‘forklift’ and the top three hits are: In many ‘blue…

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June 8, 2016

Managing absence in a summer of sport

Sporting tournaments engage the nation in a rare sense of communal endeavour, with football – the country’s most-supported sport – generating the most interest. Bunting will be hung, songs will be sung. And while this is a (mostly) regular occurrence for England, this summer will see three of the four home nations competing, meaning 92%…

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After the 9-to-5: understanding Employment Status Types

Employment Status Types can be complicated in the modern working environment. And they can cost business a lot of money too – HMRC collected £737m last year alone from non-compliance, predominantly from SMEs. So how do you protect your business?  Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen,pour myself a cup of ambition,and yawn,…

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May 24, 2016

Life outside the big house – A chance for reform

The Queens speech set out a proposal for prisoners to spend weekends in jail and live at home the rest of the time, therefore enabling them to keep full-time jobs during the week. These proposed reforms to the prison system include plans to make them into “places of rehabilitation”, in a drive to increase “life…

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May 18, 2016

Man, Woman… Who cares?!

“I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I’m something that you’ll never understand” is a line from a Prince song back in 1984. Employers need to know what support their gender fluid employees need, and are entitled to, and with the recent death of Prince, there has been much talk about how he led…

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May 17, 2016

Working Time for Mobile Workers

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers need to treat employee’s commuting time as work time, which will have an impact on every size company in the UK. This will affect sectors with large numbers of travelling workers, and require employers to look at the distance employees travel to clients/work sites. Employers cannot…

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Common misconceptions around discrimination

Everyone knows that a good reputation can take a lifetime to build, and a second to destroy. A good reputation will help to attract new business, and will also mean that the best people in the industry will want to work for your company. However, a case of discrimination in the workplace could not only…

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Resolving workplace conflicts

When conflicts occur in the workplace it is crucial that you manage them swiftly and appropriately. Whether as a result of an argument, a person taking offence on how instructions are given or even personality clashes, an unsettled workforce will bring productivity, and workplace moral, crashing down. Why should employers have mediators? It is crucial…

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May 16, 2016

HAV you mitigated the risk of Health and Safety claims?

Failure to protect your employees from the risks associated with vibration can result in prosecution and large fines, as discovered by two separate construction firms. The two firms have been fined a total of £292,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,852.  The fines were issued following reported cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand…

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April 22, 2016

A slippery slope? – Costly safety risk assessment lessons

Employers that require staff to work outdoors, travel or visit outdoor locations need to be aware of a recent Supreme Court decision which has had a huge impact on safety risk assessments. The decision involved a Glasgow home carer, Tracey Kennedy, who was hurt after slipping on ice while visiting a terminally ill client in…

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Where Did I Go Wrong?

An extra 25% compensation can be now be imposed by an employment tribunal in unfair dismissal claims. So what are the top ten issues likely to result in this according to ACAS?… Failing to warn the employee about possible consequences You must tell the employee from the outset the possible consequences of the disciplinary situation…

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