Gender Discrimination

There are very strict laws in place regarding gender (sex) discrimination as there are with other issues such as discrimination because of race or disability. Gender Discrimination Meaning: Discrimination takes place when someone is treated unfairly in the workplace because of their gender. Discrimination can happen to both men and women. Examples of Gender Discrimination […]

Food Safety & Hygiene – Understanding The Food Safety Act 1990

Food safety and hygeine is essential to any consumer and so should be a priority for any food business. Understanding the obligations of the business and employees under the Food Safety Act (1990) and other food hygiene laws is essential. The Food Safety Act Failure to meet the requirements of the food safety act can […]

Disabled Staff

The Disability Discrimination Act was set up to ensure that disabled people are treated fairly. It can make good business sense to employ disabled staff. The act has been superceded by the Equality Act of 2010 but the principles of both acts are as follows. About Discrimination Employers cannot discriminate against a disabled person when […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pre-Employment Screening

Many of us are usually only familiar with pre-employment screening or ‘background checks’ in conjunction with job applicants who might be seeking to work with children and other vulnerable people. However many other types of candidate vetting procedures are commonplace. Employers not only want to get the most qualified and suitable people working for them […]

General Workplace Safety

You must provide a safe and healthy environment for your employees, including people with disabilities. As well as being safe, you must also take into account their welfare needs. Certain industries such as mining or working with Hazardous Materials, for example, are covered by separate health and safety legislation but most of the advice below […]

Personal Safety For Lone Workers

Working alone is becoming increasingly common as more firms introduce home working and more people decide to set-up up small, micro-businesses. People can be required to work on their own in all sorts of industries, but just because an employee is Working From Home or at a site on their own it doesn’t mean they […]

Corporate Manslaughter

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 […]