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  • Thursday 17th May 2018

    Health and Safety – Good for Business 2018 Joint Seminar with Business Doctors

    We took our theme from the joint HSE and IOD (Institute of Directors) Guidance Leading Health and Safety at Work, which says:- Addressing health and safety should not be seen as a regulatory burden: it offers significant opportunities:- Reduced costs and reduced risks; Employee absence ...

  • Thursday 17th May 2018

    Charities, Trustees and the Health and Safety Status of Volunteers

    We address some health & safety questions sometimes raised in the voluntary sector and look at some illustrative cases. Does Health & Safety legislation apply to Volunteers? It depends. If the volunteer was working for a business or voluntary body which had any employed staff, the ...

  • Thursday 17th May 2018

    Mock Trial reveals ambiguity in HSE ladder safety guidance

    Gullands and Six Pump Court Chambers provided the courtroom drama at a Mock Civil Trial hosted by IOSH East Anglia branch on 16th May 2018. The trial involved a fictitious workman Fred Whatall falling from a ladder whilst working on sash window frames at his employer’s HQ building. ...

  • Monday 9th April 2018

    Name and Shame on Minimum wage: Could you be caught?

    Think this can’t happen to you, think again. The Government named 179 employers for infractions of their minimum wage obligations. Although some of these had headline grabbing amounts from high street names, others involved more modest operations and more modest transgressions. Some of ...

  • Monday 9th April 2018

    GDPR The beast from Europe

    No doubt you have all heard more than enough about the impending changes that these regulations are due to bring to all businesses. Much like forecasts of snow we are left wondering if it is going to be a fuss about nothing or whether it will be something that brings normality to a grinding ...

  • Monday 9th April 2018

    Agency Workers

    How to compare their working and employment conditions with permanent staff Until recently opinion has been divided as whether the duty not to treat agency workers less favourably than permanent staff relied on a term by term analysis or an overall view. We have now had the first appellate ...

  • Monday 9th April 2018

    Removing a company director

    Generally, there is no upper limit to how many directors a company may have but from time to time, it might be necessary to remove a director. The removal of a limited company director may happen for a number of reasons, such as they have resigned their employment voluntarily, retired, retired ...

  • Monday 9th April 2018

    Employment Marketing Notice Changes to Treatment of Pregnant Workers

    A recent case attracted some attention because the Advocate General’s opinion in Europe was that the Pregnant Workers Directive should protect workers against dismissal from the moment they became pregnant, even if the employer was not aware of the pregnancy. The Directive provides for a ...

  • Tuesday 27th March 2018

    Polytunnels do not require an environmental impact assessment

    A Herefordshire farmer who wished to set up more than 50 hectares of polytunnels on his 377 hectare farm found his wishes opposed by environmental group Natural England in a case which went to the Court of Appeal. The farmer’s local council decided that an environmental impact assessment ...

  • Thursday 4th January 2018

    Welcome to InBrief Winter 2018

    Welcome to our first newsletter of the New Year. 2018 looks to be an interesting year on many levels as we await to see the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and then assess the opportunities and threats these new arrangements may have for our businesses. With there being so much which is ...

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