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Workplace Transport Safety Regulations – Driving for Work Laws

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 […]

Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

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 to make sure workers don’t suffer ill health from vibration. Much of the regulation covers workplace hand-arm vibration but effects of whole-body vibration are also covered. […]

Corporate Manslaughter Definition & Case Law Examples

Corporate manslaughter is a crime that can be committed by a company in relation to a work-related death. This is called corporate homicide in Scotland. The offence was created to rectify the problem identified by a 17th century English judge that “Companies have a soul to damn, but no body to kick”. The Corporate Manslaughter […]

Health & Safety Rights & Responsibilities at Work

All workers have the right work in an environment that is safe. Most responsibility for ensuring health and safety in the workplace is down to employers. However employees also have some responsibilities. Our guide looks at the rights and responsibilities around health and safety in the workplace. Employer’s Health & Safety Responsibilities Employers have a […]

RSI at Work – Injury Forced Me to Change Jobs : Case Study

There are many safeguards in place in most offices to avoid workplace injuries and accidents. Despite this, there are still many people diagnosed with musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD) like Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, as a result of their work. Anyone who has suffered an RSI Injury at work might wonder what rights they have in […]

Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

Equal opportunities in the workplace means that everyone within an organisation should have an equal chance to apply and be selected for posts, to be trained or promoted equally and fairly. There should be no discrimination at work on the grounds of sex, homosexuality, age, racial origin, religious affiliation, disability or marital status. Employers can […]

Should Overtime Be Used When Calculating Holiday Pay in 2021?

A new ruling on holiday pay made in April 2020 means that overtime should be used when calculating holiday pay in 2021. Desite the ruling on taking overtime into account, many employers still miscalculate employees holiday entitlement. If you are a shift worker and get paid overtime, your employer should calculate your holiday pay based […]

Zero Hours Contracts UK – What Are They & What Rights Do Workers Have?

If you’re in the business world, then you’ve no doubt heard about zero hour contracts. As the discussion around them continues to ramp up, it can be tough to get to the bottom of what zero hour contracts really are and why they’re in use. Today, we’re going to focus on the facts. We’ll let […]

Understanding Your Contract of Employment in UK Law

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 a job offer, 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 formal […]