January 30, 2014

HSE clamps down on risks from harmful substances

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Construction Division is cracking down on poor management of risks from harmful substances. Heather Bryant, the HSE’s Chief Construction Inspector has said that employers in the construction industry have lost their way when it comes to protecting employees and others from the effects of harmful substances. There is a…

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Devastating fire could have been avoided

A devastating fire in an elderly residential home in Quebec, Canada has left at least 5 residents dead and 31 unaccounted for. Investigators are currently searching for the cause of the fire, which occured  on Thursday 23rd January 2014. Recent health department documentation suggests that only part of the building, which was constructed completely of…

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January 20, 2014

Can you cope with rapid employment law changes in 2014?

Employment law has seen dramatic changes recently – and could be moving too fast for many businesses to keep up with. This trend is unlikely to slow down anytime soon either. This year, and well into 2015, employers can expect more and more complex changes that affects their businesses. Some legislation is more impactful than…

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January 2, 2014

False fire alarms now lead to fines for London businesses

London businesses will now be charged if they call the fire service more than 10 times a year for a false alarm. In the last financial year, London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called out to 403 locations over 10 times, which cost it around £800,000. If it had charged for this, nearly £500,000 would have…

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December 23, 2013

Can workers be accompanied at hearings?

It’s absolutely fine for employees to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a colleague or an accredited trade union representative – according to examples from recent cases. In Toal and another v GB Oils Ltd a request by two employees to be accompanied by a specific individual at a grievance meeting was…

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Could you get paid for sleeping?

It seems that it’s OK to sleep on the job in certain situations, according to the outcome of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Tribunal (EAT) decided that employees required to “sleepover” at a specified location in the course of their work are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for such hours, regardless…

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December 20, 2013

Hot tub anyone?

Hot tubing…it may sound like a ridiculous concept but it’s something that Civil Courts use all the time. A Judge gets two or more experts that are involved in a case round a table – or in front of the bench – to put their opinions forward. That way, the Judge is aware of the…

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December 19, 2013

How the new TUPE Regulations will affect YOU

Are you prepared for the important TUPE Regulations coming into force next month? The Government believes the existing Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations are too complex and are changing them. It has now published what will be changing – which could be an unwelcome surprise to businesses  not aware of the new legalisation.…

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Who should stay…and who should go?

Redundancy is never pleasant – but it’s just one of the things that businesses sometimes need to do to survive and remain competitive. Handling the redundancy process can be time consuming and of course costly if a business gets it wrong. There are many key steps to follow, which include: Proper consultation Applying your mind…

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December 6, 2013

Young Brits told they have to work until 70

Young UK workers can expect a long working life following Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that the state pension age will increase to 70. Part of a long-term plan to save £500 billion over the next 50 years, the reform was announced on Thursday in the half-yearly statement about the UK economy. Increasing the state pension age…

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November 28, 2013

Who can accompany workers at tribunals?

Do workers have the right to have anyone accompany them at an employment tribunal? Well, there is a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing if they reasonably request this. But the original ‘Acas Code’ says that “it would not normally be reasonable for workers to insist on being…

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Moorepay launches cloud-based Time and Attendance solution

UK businesses lose millions every year through inefficient payroll reporting, incorrect data entry and even timecard fraud. Business owners are constantly looking for solutions that save money without sacrificing their efficiency or productivity. Just five minutes of lost time per employee per day may result in a business losing over £100 per employee per year,…

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