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Disability at Work and the Equality Act

Employment opportunities for disabled people have changed dramatically over the past few years, with a host of legal changes being introduced to help improve things. Employers have also started to become far more aware of the need to recruit the best possible candidates, regardless of any disabilities they may suffer from. It’s now widely recognised […]

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations

If you use any kind of vibrating machinery at work, you should be aware of The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. The purpose of the regulations is (obviously) to ensure workers don’t suffer ill health from vibration. Much of the regulation covers workplace hand-arm vibration but whole-body vibration effects are also covered. Background […]

Work of the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council (BSC) deals with occupational health, safety and environmental issues. It’s an independent body founded in 1957. Among its most notable achievements is its help in creating the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Vision The original vision of the British Safety Council was bold. It intended to eliminate most Workplace […]

When Can An Employer Change Your Working Hours? UK Contract Law & Rights

It can be very stressful when your employer changes your working hours. You might be wondering if you have to work more than your contracted hours? Perhaps you are worried about changes to start and finish times, or working days? Our Guide to the law around contracted working hours, and your rights as an employee […]

Understanding Your Employment Contract

Once the excitement of landing your job wears off, you now have to think clearly about the contract of employment you’ll be offered. Once you accept an offer of employment a contract of employment comes into effect. This can be an oral agreement or a written document. If your employer does not normally issue a […]

Unfair Dismissal

All employers have the right to hire and fire a member of staff – within reason. However, if you feel you have got the sack unfairly, you may have a case for the Employment Tribunal. Qualification for Unfair Dismissal Whether or not you feel you have been unfairly dismissed from your employment, there are certain […]

Transport and Vehicles Laws at Work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that every week in the UK around 20 people who are working die in a road traffic accident. The HSE also says that a further 250 people per week suffer driving-related injuries at work. For many years employers have not taken this issue seriously. Now, however, the HSE […]

Should Overtime Be Used When Calculating Holiday Pay?

Your entitlement – The European Working Time Directive states that workers should receive four weeks statutory holiday pay. This was implemented in the UK by The Working Time Directive 1998. In 2009, the UK Government increased this allowance to 5.6 weeks annual statutory holiday pay. This is a minimum statutory requirement, but employers can offer […]

Sexual Harassment: Your Questions Answered

Our article on sexual harrassment gives a good overview of employment law and your rights. Sometimes you may feel uncomfortable about someone’s behaviour at work and be unsure of how to react. We get many, broad ranging questions on this topic, so we’ve taken a few and our legal expert has answered them individually. We […]

RSI Forced Me to Change Jobs: Case Study

With all the safeguards that are usually in place in offices these days to avoid workplace injuries and accidents, it’s quite surprising that there are still so many people diagnosed with musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD) like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). It’s difficult to get an exact figure for the number of people who have been diagnosed […]