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Employment law, HR and health & safety is always in the news.  We keep on top of the headlines and cover the most important topics here.  You'll find new content as things happen - always written in plain English and with some humour thrown in.  If you want to stay up to date, remember to sign up for LAWmail.

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Health & Safety

Outside of work premises we also have to be vigilant and should act if we see something. With regards to suspicious items the advice given is –

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

Due to the poor separation and segregation of Fork Lift Trucks (FLTs) from pedestrians within the yard and warehouse area, the employee was struck by a FLT. He suffered a broken arm.

BY Matthew Ramsey
Health & Safety

Given the three recent terrorist attacks within the UK the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has issued the following guidance for businesses. We strongly suggest you read the following and explore the link provided below.

BY Douglas Cameron
Employment law

Sometimes sexism at work is subtle. Sometimes it’s a bit more in your face. Like the astonishingly sexist tirade Californian accountant Azita Rahman received from a male colleague after receiving a promotion. The nameless colleague starts off the charming encounter with a text reading, “No offence but you really don’t deserve that promotion.”

BY Laura Bremner
Employment law

Election fever is gripping the nation, and the parties vying for our votes have now set out their aims and promises to the electorate in their manifestos. We’ve saved you a lot of reading and picked through the rhetoric to bring you the key manifesto pledges affecting employment law from the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party.


BY Heather Kemmett
Employment law

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently provided clarity on the tricky issue of sleepovers and working time. There have been a number of conflicting judgments on this point over the years which have established that there is a difference between those who are ‘available’ during the night and those who are actually ‘working’. It has generally been accepted that where a worker is required to be at their place of work and at their employer’s disposal throughout the night, this should be considered working time. This rule suggests that the individual could be entitled to National Minimum Wage even in circumstances where they spend their entire shift asleep.

BY Kirstie Beattie