Category: Newsletters

Do Employees have the Automatic Right to Addtional Bank Holidays?

The announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is to be marked by an extra public holiday on 29 April 2011 will be great news for many – but it is likely to lead to questions over whether employers have to give an extra day’s leave. There has always been confusion about the status… Read more »

Default Retirement Age

The Government has announced that it will remove the Default Retirement Age (DFA) of 65 permitted by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. It proposes to begin phasing out the DRA from April 2011. The proposals are subject to a consultation, which will run until 21 October 2010. The new plans allow for a six-month… Read more »

Statement of Fitness for Work

The Government has announced that its new ‘fit note’ system (the ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’) will be up and running from 6 April this year. Fit notes are set to replace sick notes i.e. medical certificates. It appears that fit notes are coming despite much speculation that they would be quietly dropped. The Social… Read more »

Pregnant Workers & their specific Health & Safety

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW) include regulations that protect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers who work. This requirement goes beyond those who you know are pregnant to include workers who could become pregnant as well. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 also provides that, if an… Read more »

Winter Weather, Vehicles & First Aid

The winter cold, vehicles and first aid are the topics for this first safety newsletter of 2010. Winter Weather Risk Management During the winter months, worsening weather conditions inevitably lead to storm, frost and burst pipes damage to business and increase the likelihood of injury to employees. The damage is likely to come from three sources:… Read more »

Health & Safety Issues around Driving at Work

adapted from the HSE website on Vehicles at Work Recruitment of Drivers It is worth reminding clients that drivers are not just the typical commercial lorry, van, forklift truck or delivery drivers, that are employed to drive for their living. The following applies to all workers who are employed by you that need to drive… Read more »

Tackling Work-Related Stress

ALL YOU EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT TACKLING WORK RELATED STRESS IN ONE EMAIL! Stress is still a major cause of sickness absence so we have put together a useful summary of the key issues to be aware of on the subject based on HSE guidance. Can we also remind you that we are here… Read more »

Safety Update – October 2009

Health and Safety Statistics 2008/09 The latest national statistics on work-related illness and injury in Great Britain, produced by the Health and Safety Executive, have just been released. Key facts for 2008/09 are: Ill Health – 1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases)… Read more »

Dealing with New Staff i.e. Under 12 Months Service

There are many myths about the status of new starters by which we are referring to staff with less than 12 months service and therefore much that can go wrong in terms of training, motivation and retention apart from the legal issues we shall be focusing on. Documentation If you write a letter offering an appointment… Read more »

Swine Flu & Health, Safety & Welfare

What are the duties of an employer concerning the health and safety of staff? Employers are under a general duty to provide a safe place and system of work for all employees. The duty can also arise in respect of agency workers and contractors, depending on the extent to which the employer has control over their… Read more »