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Warehouse worker sacked after colleague finds a video

28th November 2023

Worker Unfairly Dismissed After Colleague Found A Video Of Him Being Confronted By ‘Paedophile Hunters’

A warehouse worker had his employment terminated after a colleague discovered a video on social media where the Claimant had been accused of ‘grooming’ an underage girl. Mr Cooper, the Claimant’s colleague, carried out a search of the Claimant on social media in January 2021. The search revealed a video and photograph headed: ‘The Hunted […]

UK schools have been closed due to problems with RAAC

23rd November 2023

Do you Have RAAC?

Introduction You have no doubt seen the headlines this year with large-scale closures of schools and public buildings due to risks of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). This blog aims to provide an overview of the risks and what action should be taken to mitigate the risks of RAAC should you have it within your […]

UK Fire Truck

8th November 2023

Company Fined After Residents Put At Risk During Removal Of Dangerous Cladding

What’s Happened? A cladding company has recently been fined £240,000 after inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found highly combustible cladding lying on residents’ balconies at a Liverpool apartment block, posing a serious fire risk. The aluminium composite panels and combustible cladding were understood to have been similar to that used in Grenfell […]

Employment law book,

30th October 2023

Can ‘Deadnaming’ A Transgender Person Lead To A Successful Claim In Gender Reassignment Discrimination?

Yes, found the employment tribunal in Miss AB v Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on 11 September 2023. A trans woman has successfully claimed direct discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment. The employment tribunal found that deadnaming the worker (AB) amounted to less favourable treatment and was because of the claimant’s protected characteristic. […]

Furniture Company Fined After Exposing Staff To Wood Dust

19th October 2023

Furniture Company Fined After Exposing Staff To Wood Dust

What’s Happened A furniture manufacturer has recently been fined £16,000 after it repeatedly failed to protect its employees from exposure to wood dust. The Cheshire-based company was inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on two separate occasions over a two-year period – with both identifying identical breaches. HSE Visits An initial visit to […]

CCTV Cameras Can Be Installed To Minimise The Impact Of Terrorism On the Public.

17th October 2023

New Bill to Combat Terror Threats

What’s Happening? The Government is seeking to introduce a new Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill – often referred to ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute of Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017. The new Bill aims to place a duty on qualifying public premises or events to […]

man welding round window frames

4th October 2023

HSE Embarks On Metalworking Inspections In October

What’s Happening? From October until March 2024, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be inspecting manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids or coolants in their machining processes. Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause harm to the lungs and skin through inhalation or direct contact with unprotected skin, particularly hands, forearms and face. Breathing in […]

pregnant woman packing up her things in an office

27th September 2023

Fair Dismissal Following A Refusal To Return From Maternity Leave

In the recent case of Parsons v International Forest Products (UK) Limited, the tribunal held that Ms Jowita Parsons (“the Claimant”) claims for unfair dismissal, indirect discrimination and pregnancy and maternity discrimination against International Forest Products (UK) Limited (“the Respondent”) should be dismissed. The Claimant was employed by the Respondent as an import coordinator from […]