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 and the Law

The safety of food is essential to any consumer and so should be a priority for any food business. Consumers want to be assured that the food they buy and eat is: What it is labelled to be (i.e. Doesn’t contain pork if it is labelled as beef) Will not harm them once eaten In […]

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 The act has been superceded by the Equality Act of 2010 but the principles of both acts are as follows.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 […]

Guide to Your Rights When Working Alone

We’re often asked the general question: Is it legal to work alone? It is not against the law to work alone, and in many cases it is perfectly safe to do so (for example a self-employed architect may work by themselves from a home-office). The law does however require employers to ensure that their employees […]

Where do I Stand in regards to Workplace Law?

Q.My work has taken the chairs away from the computer area so we have to stand while working on the touch screens all day. They are saying the chairs are luxuries, is there anything I can do? (Miss Kat Hastings, 8 October 2008) A.Based solely upon the information you have given here, this would appear […]