October 22, 2015

Time spent travelling to work ‘is work’

The time spent travelling to and from the first and last jobs by employees without a fixed office should be regarded as work, European judges have ruled. Until now, mobile workers who travel to get to or from their first or last appointment of the day were not required to count that time as work.…

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Don’t let your employees end up in bandages this Halloween

Dressing up and decorating the office at Halloween can be fun. However, there are a few things to consider to make sure the day doesn’t end up with a trip to casualty. Decorations Make sure suitable step ladders are used for putting up any decorations.  Don’t use office chairs, desks, filing cabinets or domestic grade…

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October 19, 2015

Am I a slave?

You might think that Slavery is not an issue that a modern British organisation would need to keep in mind. However, the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which came into force recently, includes a provision to encourage businesses to take action to ensure their end-to-end supply chains are slavery free. Organisations should not underestimate how significant…

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October 13, 2015

It’s easier to get prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter

Businesses can more easily be brought to justice when people die as a result of their actions. Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, which came into force on the 6th April 2008, it is now easier to bring a company to justice following fatalities resulting from their undertakings. When a company is prosecuted…

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September 21, 2015

Are you managing Work at Height effectively?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is currently carrying out targeted inspections on refurbishment projects – and Working at Height is likely to be high on the list of enforcement. HSE figures indicate that 45% of deaths on construction sites in Britain last year were as a result of falls from height and 581 workers…

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Long term sickness and TUPE employee rights

Most HR professionals will know that when a business changes owner, its employees’ rights, duties and liabilities are directly transferred under the TUPE legislation. But it turns out this is not necessarily true if they are on long term sick leave, according to a recent case. TUPE, or Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), was…

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Tribunal Fees appeal dismissed…again

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Unison’s appeals against its judicial review applications challenging the legality of Employment Tribunal Fees. Whilst “troubled” by the sharp decline in Employment Tribunal claims, the Court decided the fact of decline also needed to be supported by evidence of a lack of affordability of the fees in the financial…

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Tribunal Fees to be abolished in Scotland – The start of a wider initiative?

Employment Tribunal Fees could be completely abolished in Scotland over the next 12 months, according to the Scottish Government. The First Minister revealed the plans in its “Programme for Government’, a document which outlines the legislative agenda for the year ahead. This represents a radical shift away from the UK Government’s policy of charging for…

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How to embed a positive Health & Safety culture

Health and Safety is a very important part of any organisation – but how people view it depends on the culture within the organisation. Different organisations, indeed different sites within the same organisation, will have a different culture and outlook on Health and Safety. Cultures are driven by Directors and Managers.  Take for example a…

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Confused about Contract Types?

Do you know which employment contract to use for different categories of employee? Here’s our handy guide to understanding them all… Zero Hours, Casual, Temporary or Fixed Term? Many people are confused when it comes to working out which contract (or Principal Statement of Terms and Conditions) to give to the different categories of employee.…

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September 3, 2015

Top tips for flexible working: Family friendly entitlements

With the start of the new school year upon us, many of your employees will be requesting flexible working hours. The right to request flexible working for ALL employees has been in place since June 2014. Does your company have the right policies and procedures in place to be a flexible place to work? Previously…

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August 24, 2015

Steering safety in the right direction

Every year, there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed, according to HSE statistics. The main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them. Workplace transport is any activity involving vehicles used in a workplace. Vehicles driven…

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