Legislation

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    Companies must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for menopausal women, new guidance states

    Employers could face legal action if they fail to make “reasonable adjustments” for women who are experiencing menopause symptoms, under new guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

    By Kerry Reals on 22 February 2024

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    A call to arms to tackle a modern day human tragedy

    Millions of people globally are trapped in forms of modern slavery such as bonded labour, but businesses can play a vital role in confining the practice to the history books, once and for all.

    By Dr Julie Riggs on 31 January 2024

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    New Workers’ Rights Acts to come into force in 2024

    2024 will see a number of new Workers’ Rights Acts rolled out, chiefly flexible working arrangements, carers’ leave and a new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 04 January 2024

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    AI in the workplace - health and safety friend or foe?

    With the use of AI in the workplace predicted to become widespread, it is vital that employers carefully manage any associated health and safety risks, such as negative health impacts from using AI to monitor people’s work rates.

    By Hannah Burton, Pinsent Masons LLP on 03 January 2024

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    Work-related suicide: a complex picture

    Recent high-profile cases of suicide with an apparent link to work pressure provide a timely reminder of the need for employers to both reduce the risk of work-related stress and support the mental wellbeing of their teams.

    By Phil Newton, Pinsent Masons LLP on 06 October 2023

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    Competence is crucial

    By selecting third-party certificated providers of fire safety services, a business can be confident they are getting competent help in managing fire risks.

    By Justin Maltby-Smith, BAFE Fire Safety Register on 22 July 2022

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    How Robens super-charged the safety system

    The Robens report, which established the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), is 50 this year. Safety Management celebrates Robens’s achievements and considers if the Act needs refreshing in the face of huge social changes.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 May 2022

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    Are the rules simply there to be broken?

    Do we value regulations enough, or are we better off without them? Most of the time, many of us never pause to think about the rules that govern us, so embedded are they in our daily life.

    By Mike Robinson on 12 April 2022

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    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 on 08 December 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 01 April 2021