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23rd September 2020

Going Back to the Office?

What’s Happening.. Many businesses including some of the UK’s largest employers have rushed to pause plans for staff to return to their UK offices following fresh government guidance on coronavirus. What’s the plan? It appears that large city-based firms are giving a thumbs down to the idea of fully reopening, not only due to the practicalities of accommodating staff […]

Wire fence around a construction site with a digger in the background

17th September 2020

Banksman suffers head crush injuries in accident involving excavator

Garden Discount Centre Limited (GDC) of St. Olaves, Great Yarmouth, have been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,745 following a serious accident involving one of their employees and an excavator. Accident The incident occurred during contracting works being conducted at a school in Cromer, Norfolk. Jeremy Buck was acting as banksman, watching […]

8th September 2020

First Aid Training Requirements Deadline – Coronavirus

What’s Happening? We advised back in March 2020 that The Health and Safety Executive had released a statement, which extends the validity of various qualifications including Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work due to the current pandemic. To qualify for the extension, you must be able to: explain why you haven’t been able to […]

25th August 2020

Poor Lighting in Stairwell Leads to Death of Pensioner

80 year old Frank Finnie was discovered at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell of Aberdeen Indoor Market in June 2018. An investigation into the circumstances around his death found that the management company of the shopping centre – Market Village Company Ltd, had failed to maintain the lighting in the stairwell and that […]

18th August 2020

HSE Focus on Manchester based Businesses

What’s Happening? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is contacting businesses in Greater Manchester to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Inspectors will be carrying out spot checks of workplaces across Greater Manchester, putting employers on the spot, and making sure that they are complying with […]


12th August 2020

Be Careful when Diving in the (Considerably Large) Talent Pool

The Manchester restaurant ‘20 Stories’ received over one thousand applications for a receptionist job within twenty-four hours of posting the role, highlighting the lack of positions available and the considerable rise in unemployment.  It is likely that such a large talent pool provides opportunities for businesses to have their pick of many highly qualified candidates; […]


4th August 2020

Engaging with Relationships at Work

The marriage discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 largely reflect the protection afforded from discrimination for married persons as set out in the original Sex Discrimination Act 1975.  Marriage and civil partnership discrimination occur when there is direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, or victimisation on the basis of the union. Compensation is uncapped and not […]