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    How will the courts view reasonable practicability in the age of covid?

    In our latest edition of A Safer Conversation, two experts discuss the concept of reasonable practicability in the age of coronavirus.

    By Chaired by Belinda Liversedge on 14 September 2020

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    How to avoid the legal pitfalls

    Before the coronavirus outbreak, health and safety was often seen as additional ‘red-tape’. Now, employees returning to work after having been told by the government to stay at home for their own safety will have increased health and safety concerns.

    By Richard Thomas, Capital Law on 03 July 2020

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    Employers could face prosecution over Covid infections, say lawyers

    Employers who fail to protect their staff from coronavirus could face prosecution even if there are no specific laws covering their duties in a pandemic situation, leading health and safety lawyers have said.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 29 June 2020

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    Is the corporate manslaughter regime now redundant?

    There have been fewer than 30 convictions since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was introduced in 2007.

    By Simon Tingle, Pinsent Masons on 25 March 2020

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    No space for shortcuts

    The recent news surrounding the tragic death of a 23-year-old contractor on a site in Lincoln in January 2020 has highlighted once more the risks associated with working in the construction industry.

    By Josh Hughes, Bolt Burdon Kemp on 02 March 2020

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    Prosecutions for safety breaches reach record low

    Prosecutions for health and safety breaches have reached a record low, HSE has revealed prompting warnings that bosses are prepared to flout safety laws because they no longer fear consequences.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 November 2019

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    Millions of workers missing out on basic rights: Resolution Foundation report

    Around one in twenty workers report not receiving any holiday entitlement, while around one in ten do not receive a payslip according to new analysis published today by the Resolution Foundation.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 September 2019

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    Single enforcement body for worker rights proposed in consultation

    A consultation entering its last weeks asks whether a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights should be created to protect vulnerable workers.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 13 September 2019

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    The jury is out

    Paying the high price for health and safety failure: the Sentencing Council reports a five-fold increase in the average fine for health and safety convictions.

    By Neal Stone, McOnie Agency on 28 August 2019

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    HSE flags fall in convictions for safety breaches as concern

    The number of convictions for health and safety breaches has plummeted in the past four-year period, latest figures show.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 July 2019