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May 31, 2013

The Dangers of Working on Fragile Roofs

In May 2013, a roofing company was fined for exposing workers to serious risk of injury at a site in North Wales. The Magistrates’ Court heard how the roofing contractor had been contracted to replace the roofs of light industrial units. The work involved replacing fragile asbestos cement roof sheets with metal roof cladding.  In November 2012 an off-duty inspector from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) spotted two men employed by the contractors on the roof of one of the units. He could see…

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May 10, 2013

Tribunal rules: What’s to come

Almost two years ago, it was requested of Mr Justice Underhill that he conduct a review of Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure (or ET rules). These recommendations were published in July 2012 and, although the new rules are yet to be officially released, a consultation published by the government in March implies that the majority of Underhill’s recommendations have been accepted. While there is little dispute that certain areas of the ET rules require something of a makeover, there is concern among some groups that…

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May 3, 2013

E-payslips: The future?

Churning out contracts, timesheets and attendance records to name a few, the HR and payroll department are a paper-making machine. While the requirement to print certain documents remains, there’s little doubt that this approach is hardly environmentally friendly. But times are changing and there are some documents traditionally delivered in hard copy that have made the successful move to digital. With the government increasing pressure on organisations to reduce their negative environmental impact and to operate more sustainably, the need to tackle one of the…

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April 29, 2013

Builder fined for failing to provide proper facilities

An employer has neglected to provide his workers with adequate facilities, Bodmin Magistrates’ Court has heard. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently visited a site being operated by a reinforcement specialist contractor in Cornwall and found there was no hot or cold running water, or even a basin to wash in. A partner of the contracting company pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs…

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March 27, 2013

Health & Safety Legislation Changes

Safety legislation in the UK are usually updated twice yearly in April and October, the intention of changes being introduced on two separate occasions is to help minimise disruption to businesses throughout the year. Since coming into power the Coalition Government has attempted to rationalise UK Safety legislation. A number of reports have been commissioned and completed to identify areas where legislation can be relaxed, combined, revoked etc in order to remove the so called “red tape” thus allowing businesses to do what they do…

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July 19, 2012

Students in Employment

The P38(s) procedure is still with us for the 2011/12 year, but when should it be used and when should a P46 be used instead? The CWG2 Employers Further Guide to PAYE & Nic’s now calls the P38(S) a Special Procedure – You can use a P38(S) but it does not have to be in this format and can be your own version provided that it covers all the same questions and is only where: The student is going to work during term holiday periods…

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