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29th March 2023

Harassment in the workplace

Shirley Lyons (“the Claimant”) was employed by Starplan (“the Respondent”) as a designer/sales consultant from June 2013 until her resignation in April 2018. At the Respondent’s Christmas party in December 2017, the Claimant was the only female employee in attendance. At a restaurant, one of her male colleagues commented on her breasts and cleavage whilst […]

high-rise buildings

15th March 2023

‘High Rise’ Residential Buildings Registration Opens in April 2023

What’s Happening? This is an important notice to remind those clients responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings in England that they have six months from April 2023 to register with the new Building Safety Regulator. Within England, there are approximately 12,500 affected ‘high-rise’ buildings. The new regulator will require all of them to […]

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1st March 2023

Long Covid – What are the H&S Implications?

Introduction A recent employment tribunal has concluded that an employee’s long covid symptoms amounted to a disability. What factors were taken into account, and what are the health and safety implications of this ruling? What’s Happened? The employee of a homeless person’s charity had been employed as a caretaker for over 20 years when he […]

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22nd February 2023

Are written terms relevant for Employment Status?

Are written terms relevant for Employment Status? Yes, found the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)l in Ter-Berg v Simply Smile Manor House Ltd and others [2023] EAT 2. The EAT found that the Employment Tribunal has erred in not starting their analysis of whether the Dr Ter-Berg (The Claimant) was an employee by considering the terms […]

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15th February 2023

Company fined £120,000 after Fatal Fall During Roof Work

What’s Happened? A West Yorkshire-based company has recently been fined £120,000 after a dad died following a fall from the roof of a building site. The employee and a co-worker were using ropes to install a lightning protection system to the front of a Warrington office block being converted into flats, it is understood that […]

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8th February 2023

Care Home fined £400k after Falling Tree Crushes Child

What’s Happened? A care home provider has recently been fined £400k after an eight-year-old child suffered serious injuries when a tree fell on her. The girl was understood to be out for an evening jog with her father alongside the grounds of the Southampton based care home. As she was running on a pavement outside […]

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25th January 2023

Fabricating documents

In the case of Mr Tunnicliff v Baytree Car Sales and Others (2601351/2022) the tribunal determined that Mr Tunnicliff dismissal was procedurally unfair and Baytree Car Sales had fabricated a disciplinary process and documents. The Claimant, Mr Tunnicliff worked for the Respondent, Baytree Car Sales as a manager for 24 years before his dismissal. It […]