HSE Publishes Latest Fatal Injury Statistics

Fatal injuries at work are, thankfully, rare, which means that the annual figures are subject to chance variation. However, over the last 20 years there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury, although since 2008/2009 the trend is less clear. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now published provisional statistics… Read more »

Road Safety Resources and Training

Every employer has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. To this end, employers have a duty to do whatever is reasonably practicable to ensure that the workplace is safe, and this includes when employees are driving on company business. One in three deaths on UK roads involves a vehicle… Read more »

Consultation on Gender Pay Reporting

Whilst the Equality Act 2010 requires public sector organisations to consider gender equality within their workplace as part of the Equality Duty and to publish relevant gender equality data, there is currently no requirement for employers in the private and voluntary sectors to do so. This is set to change, however, as the Government has… Read more »

Acas Publishes Early Conciliation Report

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published the results of its survey on the first year of its Early Conciliation (EC) scheme. These show that: Acas handled more than 83,000 EC cases between April 2014 and March 2015; Three out of four employees and employers agreed to try EC in its first year… Read more »

Settlement Agreements

Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and new provisions (Section 111A) were inserted into the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) making settlement agreement discussions inadmissible as evidence in ordinary unfair dismissal cases so that offers to end the employment relationship on agreed terms can… Read more »

Dealing with Employee Absence

Employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is advisable to have systems in place to measure and analyse these costs so that you can identify problem areas. Are there patterns of absence? Does a particular department have a below average record? Unhappy, demoralised employees are more likely to take time off work. Workplace… Read more »

Advice on Workplace Dress Codes

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers who wish to impose dress standards in the workplace. This emphasises that employers should have sound business reasons for applying a particular dress code, such as requiring workers to wear a uniform to promote a corporate image. The key points to bear in mind… Read more »

Workplace Stress – Foreseeability of Injury

Dealing with workplace stress can be a difficult issue for employers. It is important to be alert to the signs of stress and to investigate and take appropriate action once you become aware that a problem exists. Failure to do so can result in a claim for damages. The case of Hatton v Sutherland is… Read more »

Land Registry Discriminated Against Disabled Employees

Badly drafted employment conditions can have embarrassing consequences, as a government agency discovered when it was found to have discriminated against disabled workers whose bonuses were docked due to their absence on sick leave (Land Registry v Houghton and Others). The Land Registry (LR) paid annual bonuses to its staff, but any employee who had… Read more »