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3rd January 2017

Stepladder fall costs Volvo £900,000 Fine

Car Giant Volvo has recently been prosecuted £900,000, ordered it to pay costs of £5,820 after an employee was seriously injured following a fall from stepladders at their Truck and Bus Depot in Enfield, North London. The technician was servicing a lorry owned by delivery firm DHL when he identified that the access rope to […]

18th November 2016

Packaging firm fined £70K over machinery safety breaches

A packaging company has been fined £70,000 with a further £53,000 in costs after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the company’s failure to take adequate measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery. In what is a very common accident with machinery of this nature, the Court heard how an employee reached […]

31st October 2016

Health and Safety Prosecution Fines on the Increase

After decades of relatively stable and predictable fines, the tide is now rising rapidly following the introduction of the sentencing guidelines in February this year, with the value of fines imposed by the HSE without doubt on the rise. The total value of fines imposed has risen by 43 per cent compared to the same […]

31st October 2016

Number of Directors Prosecuted by HSE Trebles in a Year

The number of company directors who have been prosecuted for health and safety offences has trebled in a year, according to recent research using data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The research shows that the number of company directors and managers prosecuted by the HSE in the year to 31 March 2016 was […]

29th June 2016

Race Discrimination Under The Equality Act 2010

The Supreme Court has held that two Nigerian employees did not suffer direct or indirect race discrimination when their employers treated them poorly due to their status as vulnerable domestic migrant workers. Under the Equality Act 2010, direct race discrimination occurs where an employer treats an employee less favourably than it treats or would treat […]

29th June 2016

When Does the ACAS Code Apply?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures only applies to dismissals where there is ‘culpable conduct’. This conduct could be in the form of misconduct or poor performance.  The impact of the decision is that where poor performance is due to illness, the Code […]

29th June 2016

Review of Tribunal Fees Published

On 20th June 2016 the House of Commons Justice Committee published a report on the impact of the changes to fees in the Employment Tribunal and other courts.  The conclusion of the report is that the principle of litigants contributing to the costs of operating courts and tribunals is not objectionable. However, the introduction of […]