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23rd August 2016

Company Fined For Fire Safety Failings

A construction company that specialises in building timber-framed structures has been fined £100,000 for failing to control ignition sources at one of its sites, where workers were found smoking and carrying out hot work. South Wales-based J G Hale Construction was building 54 timber-framed houses and flats on the site of a former primary school […]

4th August 2016

Equality Act 2010

The Government has published its response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people. The Select Committee published the report in March 2016 which considered whether the Equality Act 2010 provides sufficient protection from disability discrimination. The conclusion was, in short, that sufficient protection […]

4th August 2016

Unfair dismissal and disclosure of relationships

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of an Employment Tribunal in respect of an unfair dismissal claim involving a head teacher who did not disclose her relationship with a sex offender. The school had dismissed the Head Teacher for misconduct on account of the non-disclosure. The Head Teacher and the convicted sex offender […]

4th August 2016

Automatically Unfairly Dismissed

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has held that an employee was automatically unfairly dismissed for making protected disclosures even though the individual who dismissed the employee did not know about the protected disclosure. The Employment Rights Act 1996 states that a worker must not be subjected to any detriment by their employer because they have made […]

24th July 2016

The Myth of “Safety Socket Covers” – unnecessary and a hazard!

A recent alert bulletin has been distributed from the Department of Health warning that in certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can actually overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets. The alert advises that 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social […]

28th May 2012

Beecroft Report Published

In 2011, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) commissioned a report on employment law from Adrian Beecroft as part of the “red tape challenge”. The aim of the report was to consider ways in which employment laws could be amended in order to stimulate recruitment and growth. The report previously caused controversy when […]

4th May 2012

Don’t waste money on unnecessary PAT testing

The HSE has recently issued revised guidance on electrical equipment checks and is urging businesses not to be fooled into paying for testing that is not required. Unnecessary electrical safety tests cost office-based businesses an estimated £30 million a year, but it’s a myth that every portable electrical appliance in the workplace needs to be […]

20th April 2012

Employment Appeal Tribunal Clarifies ”Effective Date of Termination” Issue

In the recently decided case of Horwood v Lincolnshire County Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a former employee who had resigned without notice had brought her constructive unfair dismissal claim in time. The facts of the case were that Mrs Horwood worked for Lincolnshire County Council (the Council) and after unsuccessfully appealing […]

20th April 2012

Employee Fairly Dismissed For Postings on Facebook

In the case of Teggart v TeleTech UK Limited, the Northern Ireland industrial tribunal recently held that an employee who posted obscene comments about a colleague on his Facebook page was fairly dismissed.  The case is yet another example of tribunals dealing with dismissals relating to the use of social media, which are becoming more […]