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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April 21, 2016

Bribery charge costs employer £2.25m

It is critical that employers put anti-bribery procedures in place, according to a recent high profile conviction which sent shock waves through the business world. A large UK organisation, Sweett Group Plc, became the first to be convicted and fined for breaching the Bribery Act 2010, leading to a fine and legal costs totalling £2,250,000.…

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Could the National Living Wage be the final straw for retailers?

UK retailers are predicting that around a million jobs in the sector – a third of today’s total – will disappear by 2025 as technology and the rising minimum wage reshape the industry. From the 1st April all employers are required to pay employees aged over 25 years the national living wage. This is currently…

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Click, Click, Click…STOP! – Your LinkedIn Profile

We live in an age where image is everything. With the advent of social and professional networking sites, it has become more important than ever for candidates to present their best side to potential employers. So how can candidates survive being discriminated against just by the way they look online and how can employers make…

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The ups and downs of passenger lift safety

Recently, the BBC reported the shocking news that a woman fell into an open lift shaft at a Birmingham Coffee Shop. It will be some time before the events leading up to the accident in Birmingham are known, but reports indicate that the doors, on an upper level, were able to opened without the lift…

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March 31, 2016

Tougher Sentences for Health & Safety Offences

It’s the biggest change to Health & Safety legislation since the 70s… Now, serious breaches in Health & Safety legislation can lead to bigger fines and heavier prison sentences. With magistrates having much more power to issue heavier fines or even jail sentences, employers are now likely to face much harsher penalties for these breaches.…

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March 30, 2016

Holiday pay should include commission

Employers will now have to pay commission as part of holiday pay, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed. Thousands of workers who rely on commission will be able to claim more holiday pay thanks to this landmark ruling. After a four-year legal battle, one man has managed to secure more holiday pay for thousands…

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What would an exit from the EU mean for Employment Law?

With an ‘in out’ referendum on our EU membership set for the 23rd June, employers will naturally be asking themselves, ‘how will an EU exit affect my business?’ Will it mean less red tape as many employers might hope? Or will it mean much the same as now, but with a few changes? Here’s a…

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Are you responsible for your employees’ crimes?

Employers can be held responsible for crimes committed by employees at work, according to a high profile Supreme Court Case. A unanimous judgement by the UK’s highest court confirms the far reaching consequences of the principles of ‘vicarious liability’ – where someone is held liable for another’s acts and may make it easier for aggrieved…

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How would the Trade Union Bill affect employers?

With the Government facing calls to back down on key elements of their Trade Union crackdown, many employers are curious as to how the proposed changes in the law would affect them. As part of its election manifesto, the Government promised it would bring an end to “disruptive and undemocratic strike action”. To achieve this…

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March 21, 2016

Forget the AC/DC… worry about the decibels

Loud employers take heed – the lead singer of rock band AC/DC has been told he could lose his hearing from the band’s deafening noise levels. The Australian rockers have postponed the remaining U.S gigs on their current world tour. Brian Johnson, from the North East of England, has been warned by medical professionals that…

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