July 7, 2017

Auditing Health & Safety During the Current ‘Care Crisis’

The UK’s care home sector has faced renewed criticism after a report found that up to 1-in-3 care homes are unsafe with staffing issues, resident falls and medication errors amongst the top issues. In a recent report featured in the likes of the BBC, Guardian, and the Telegraph, the Care Quality Council (CQC) announced “some…

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June 27, 2017

Can an Employer Legally Send Home an Employee for Not Wearing a Bra?

Charlie Dimmock was famous for it. And while her gardening skills and engaging on-screen persona ensured her enduring fame and goodwill from the British public, she is perhaps as well-known for being the ‘bra-less’ TV personality. And while being bra-less was no problem for the producers of late 90s TV hit Ground Force, a recent…

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June 26, 2017

The Pensions Regulator is Rolling Out AE Spot Checks Nationwide

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is rolling out spot checks across the country to ensure employers are complying with their auto enrolment (AE) duties. In a series of announcements over the past week TPR has deployed flying squads to London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester to carry out short-notice inspections. And they go on to say they…

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June 19, 2017

Your Health & Safety Guide to Working in Hot Weather Conditions

When we’re working through a heatwave there’s always pros and cons. While the sun cheers everyone up on day one, by day three you start to hear mutterings among staff – it’s boiling in here! Isn’t it about time we got air conditioning? It’s against health and safety to work in this temperature! And while…

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June 14, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Window-Related Deaths

Deaths in care homes are, to a certain extent, a natural occurrence, but those which aren’t leave serious questions to be answered and unfortunately require investigations. In this blog we look at the most recent court cases and the issues which most commonly lead to fatal incidents in care homes. Window fall led to resident’s…

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June 7, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Terrorism in the Workplace

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but with the UK targeted four times in as many weeks it can be extremely concerning for employees. The recent Manchester bombing, followed by the terrorist attacks in London have prompted increased security efforts in social spaces, shopping areas and event spaces, but what about the workplace? What are…

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June 2, 2017

Managing Issues with Signed Off Workers in a Social Media World

Scrolling through social media and coming across a photo of a colleague out socialising is fairly common in this digital age. But when that colleague or employee is signed off as unfit for work it can throw up some difficult questions and challenging situations. In this blog we look at how employers can monitor and…

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May 30, 2017

A Guide to Tribunals (Including Top Eight Steps for Success)

Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals are places you hope to never end up as an employer, and for most what actually happens there is obscure. The truth is far more mundane – “99% boredom, 1% fear” as one lawyer puts it – but it’s important to understand what they are, what they do, and…

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May 25, 2017

What Would a Conservative General Election Victory Mean for Employment Law?

Although Labour look to be closing the gap somewhat, most observers and polls have the Conservative Party under Theresa May as the likely winners of the upcoming general election. Assuming this is the case, what could be the effect on businesses in terms of employment law and associated policy? Brexit and the Great Repeal Bill…

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May 24, 2017

Employee Wellbeing for the Long-Term

Historically much of our health & safety laws have been designed to force the issue of healthy working conditions into the workplace, whereas now a high percentage of employers recognise that employees who are healthy and content are much more engaged and productive. In fact, when you think about it, we have come a long…

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May 11, 2017

Shared Parental Leave – Why Has the Uptake Been so Low?

Despite being launched more than two years ago Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has not been as popular as expected. In this article we look at what SPL offers, why uptake has been far below expected levels, and the proposed changes due to come into force in 2018. What is Shared Parental Leave? SPL was first…

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