Legislation

    Anna Fletcher

    Covid-19 – some legal points to remember

    In a time of ongoing uncertainty, as we continue to weather the pandemic storm and the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the overarching duty on employers to ensure that their employees (and others) are not exposed to health and safety risks has remained a constant.

    By Anna Fletcher, Gowling WLG law firm on 22 December 2021

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    £6.5m fine for child’s railway death: the sentencing factors

    Why rail freight operator, WH Malcolm Ltd Harrison was fined a record £6.5m after a young boy was electrocuted by one of its overhead power lines.

    By Laura White, Pinsent Masons LLP on 25 November 2021

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    Workers’ rights ‘nowhere to be seen’ in Queen’s speech

    Key promises to protect workers have been left out of the Queen's Speech, Labour has accused the government.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 May 2021

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    Success for ‘Justice for Injured Workers’ campaign

    A campaign for the retention of fair access to legal representation for injured workers has ended in success after the government dropped plans to raise the small claims limit.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 10 March 2021

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    The challenges of regulation and its enforcement

    Any post-Brexit review of the UK’s health and safety laws must not result in a watering down of workers’ rights, argues Mike Robinson.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 23 March 2021

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    The regulation complex

    Is it time for the public to take back safety?

    By Matthew Holder on 01 December 2020

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    Covid-19 is now a foreseeable risk: duty holders on notice

    The Covid-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health and safety requirements the civil and criminal law imposes on duty holders. It has done so in the context of a virus no one had heard of 12 months ago and in respect of which scientific understanding is evolving.

    By Keith Morton QC on 03 November 2020

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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