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  • Thursday 31st March 2016

    Contractors - who is in control?

    Most businesses use contractors to cover their operational needs and keep head count and costs down. However some employers fall into the trap of believing health & safety can be “contracted out” like everything else. That is a recipe for disaster. This article looks at how a ...

  • Thursday 31st March 2016

    Are you meeting the new First Aid at Work Guidelines?

    In 2013 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued new First Aid at Work Guidelines for employers, as well as a new type of first aid needs assessment. With the new guidelines affecting every workplace in Great Britain, it is imperative that every business checks its first aid policy to ensure ...

  • Thursday 31st March 2016

    Dress codes

    Following British Airways settling a two-year dispute over the dress code enforced by them on new recruits, the issue of whether employers need a dress code and how they may enforce it has come to the fore. The amount of detail that as an employer you include in a dress code, is likely to depend ...

  • Thursday 31st March 2016

    Holiday Pay update

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently upheld a decision of an employment tribunal in connection with commission payments in the calculation of holiday pay. The employee in question was a worker who had normal working hours, but commission earnt on sales was a particularly important ...

  • Friday 12th February 2016

    FARMER WINS LANDMARK FLOODS RULING THAT COULD COST COUNCILS MILLIONS

    Councils could be forced to pay millions of pounds to people living in rural areas whose land was deliberately flooded to divert water away from built up areas following a landmark court ruling brought by a Yorkshire farmer. So said the Yorkshire Post after the decision in Lindley –v- East ...

  • Monday 8th February 2016

    NEW SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH & SAFETY OFFENCES ? CRIME SHOULD NOT PAY

    NEW SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH & SAFETY OFFENCES – CRIME SHOULD NOT PAY New sentencing guidelines for safety offences and corporate manslaughter took effect on 1 February 2016. This article looks at the key features - and how companies should respond. Courts will have to ...

  • Monday 18th January 2016

    'BRB' - The online messages that can be read by your boss

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has recently ruled that businesses can monitor workers’ online communications. The landmark ruling came after a case which saw a Romanian engineer dismissed. The company used a print out of his private messages to justify his dismissal for using ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Prenups - not just for celebrities!

    Last year, the Law Commission released a report on ‘the future of financial orders on divorce’, which said: ’qualifying pre-nuptial agreements’ should be legally binding subject to a strict set of preconditions being met. This would in effect mean that such agreements ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Flood Risk homes

    This winter, many homeowners will once again prepare themselves for the possibility of flooding, which is a growing risk for some properties and something a number of Kent’s residents have had to deal with in recent years. Some people will buy a property, especially those in a fantastic ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    New ECJ ruling

    The Government warns that the costs to businesses will increase after The European Court of Justice ruled that time spent travelling to and from work and between appointments during the day should be regarded as working time. The ruling states that the time spent travelling to and from the first ...

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