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1st July 2020

CCTV – Every step you take, I’ll be watching you?

Employers may take steps to monitor employees using CCTV, bag searches, drug testing, or checks on websites or emails.  The extent of the monitoring should be set out clearly in the employee handbook/contract of employment and should not be a surprise to the employee; the employer should also ensure that the monitoring is compliant with […]

24th June 2020

July furlough returns announced by Lighthouse

Lighthouse Risk Services LLP are delighted to confirm that a further 4 members of our Health & Safety consultancy team will return to normal working hours as of 1st July 2020. Lockdown easing, combined with a return to ‘pro-active’ health and safety inspections from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), have seen large numbers of […]

22nd June 2020

KN95 Face Masks in UK Circulation

KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006 which carries similar requirements to the European standard for FFP2 facemasks. KN95 does not, however, carry any independent certification or quality assurances and is simply deemed as compliant by the product manufacturer. All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sold within the UK must be CE marked, […]

drinking at work

17th June 2020

Issues of Alcohol and Employees in the Workplace – They Just Don’t Mix

Managing an employee with a drinking problem is a complex matter, requiring consideration for confidentiality, understanding and support that would normally be applied in other physical or mental health scenarios. Drinking at work is not illegal in office spaces, however, it would be an offence if for example driving vehicles or operating machinery. Taking alcohol […]

4th June 2020

More Lighthouse Team Members Return from Furlough

We’re pleased to announce that 4 team members have returned from their stints on the government’s furlough scheme with effect from 1st June. Health & Safety consultants, Debbie Howell and Reece Hopkins are back in position, along with Administrator Scheilly Hernandez and Service Advisor David Armstrong. The Lighthouse team is now back up to over […]


2nd June 2020

Non Disclosure Agreements – Ending Abuse of the Confidentiality Clause?

A Non Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”) or a confidentiality clause may be used by an employer to prevent an employee from disclosing information. Amid growing controversy in the use of NDAs in cases of criminal activity, sexual harassment, discrimination and whistleblowing, ACAS recently issued new guidance in the fair and proper use of such a document. […]

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29th May 2020

HSE Announce the Return of Proactive Inspections

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed to IOSH Magazine that they will re-engage ‘proactive’ inspections as the UK begins to return to work following the lockdown easing announced in mid-May. This means that employers should now be wary of the prospect of a visit from their local HSE office to monitor and review […]