New duty to publish family friendly policies

December 20, 2018

In October 2018 it was reported that the government is considering forcing employers to publish their parental leave and pay policies. How likely is this to happen and will you be affected? Transparent policy The Department for Business,...

Warning over 60 days sickness was discriminatory

December 20, 2018

The employment appeal Tribunal has held that a disabled employee who received a warning for taking 60 days sickness absence suffered unlawful discrimination. Why? Background facts Mrs O Connor (O) commenced work with DL Insurance service...

Making wage deductions for the cost of training

December 20, 2018

When an employee leaves employment, you might wish to recover the cost of any external training they recently undertook. When are you legally able to recoup training costs and can you do this by making deductions from the employee’s fi...

Festive opening hours

December 19, 2018

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all customers for their support throughout 2018.  Our opening hours over the festive period are as follows: Monday 24th December – 12.30pm close Thursday 27th December – Normal Hours Friday...

Smacked in the face by a stegosaurus

December 11, 2018

I’m not sure how many will be able to directly relate to the trigger for this story, but I was recently smacked in the face by a stegosaurus, and to make matters worse it was my fault, I would even go so far as to say I asked for it to...

Work at height rescue planning

December 2, 2018

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has published new guidance on the rescue of persons from MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms). Whenever such equipment is used there is always the risk of persons in the work platform bec...

Setting a limit for diesel exhaust emissions

December 2, 2018

The European Parliament has announced that an agreement has been reached to set workplace exposure limits for diesel engine exhaust emissions and five additional carcinogens: trichloroethylene, 4,4-methylenedianiline, epichlorohydrine, e...

Reforming RIDDOR

December 2, 2018

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 require employers and others to report and keep records of work related accidents causing death or certain serious injuries, certain occupational diseases, an...

MOT reminder service extended to lorries and busses

December 2, 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that their MOT reminder service for cars and bikes has now been extended to include lorries, buses and lorry trailers. To sign up for the service you will need the vehicle’s...

Maintaining buses, coaches and lorries

December 2, 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have recently published and updated their Guide to maintaining roadworthiness Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles. The guide gives advice on It includes guidance on daily checks...

Lets talk about stress

December 2, 2018

Latest statistics released by the HSE show that around 595,000 workers were reported to be suffering from work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18, leading to 15.54 million lost working days. This represents over half of all...

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