Working at Height

Two engineering firms recently appeared in court following the death of a contractor through working at height.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Advance Door Engineering Ltd and Shufflebottom Ltd appeared in Swansea Crown Court facing charges relating to a contractor’s death at Pembroke Dock’s Mustang Marine in June 2013.

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Slips Trips and Falls

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers are required to ensure the health and Prevent trip hazards in the workplacesafety of all employees and anyone affected by their work.  Employers need to go so far as is reasonably practicable in terms of time, money and trouble.  This includes taking steps to protect against slips, trips, and falls and involves identifying potential trip hazards.

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Redundancy Process

In a recent employment tribunal, SSI steel workers were awarded £6.25 million due to lack of communication during a redundancy process.  Redcar plant shut down last year leaving employees redundant.

Employers must consult with staff even if the end result is inevitable, or forfeit multi-million pound claims.  When dismissing 20 staff or more employers are obliged to consult with staff under a European Directive.

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Annual Leave

All employees have an entitlement of up to 5.6 weeks or 28 days inclusive of Bank Holidays (for full time employees) paid annual leave under the Working Time Regulations.  Part time employee’s’ holiday allowance can be prorated based on the number of days they work so by multiplying 5.6 by the workers working week.  

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Dyslexia Disability Discrimination

Starbucks became the subject of media attention recently when one of its employees, Meseret Kumulchew, won her case for dyslexia disability discrimination. Her claim arose from her employer’s failure to make reasonable adjustments for her dyslexia. She also won a claim for victimisation.

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Company Driving Policy

 Driving carries so many risks that it is one of the most dangerous activity employers can ask employees to do.  Having a company driving policy and prioritising the safety of your employees and the general public is not a choice but a necessity.

In order to reduce risk of driving accidents, law enforcement and government agencies monitor compliance of these rules:

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Gender Pay Gap

Recent debates amongst MPs have taken place looking at further reducing the gender pay gap.  Huge pay gaps still exist in the pay and benefits of men and women in the working environment.

Suggestions on how to rectify this issue have been looked at however there is speculation that if these suggestions were to become legal, it may put more strain on employers already dealing with increased salary costs with the New Living wage?

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The New National Living Wage

Following on from the 11th January 2016, when employment regulations gave zero hour workers the right not to be unfairly dismissed,  the first of April 2016 now sees the new national living wage coming into force.

If employers do not comply with this then you could be hit with double financial penalties.

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