NFU Mutual SafetyHub for Small Farms

According to figures collated by NFU Mutual, smaller farming businesses, whose workers invariably carry out a wide variety of tasks, often in poor weather conditions, are still prone to significant personal injury claims as a result of accidents involving workers. They are less likely, however, to have in place health and safety documentation, and this… Read more »

Fresh Research on Zero-Hours Contracts

Zero-hours contracts have been a much-debated topic for quite sometime within employment law. By now, people are familiar with that form of employment contract and more often than not are keen to express their opinion. Whether these opinions are positive or negative, people are keen to share their views -particularly since many political leaders raised… Read more »

Government to Review Employment Tribunal Fees System

The Government has announced that it is to carry out a wide-ranging review of the Employment Tribunal (ET) fees system to determine whether its original objectives have been met. It will then make recommendations for any changes to the structure and level of fees, including recommendations for streamlining procedures to reduce costs. The arrangements were… Read more »

Final Warnings Must Be Given in Good Faith to Have Any Effect

In Way v Spectrum Property Care Limited, the Court of Appeal has ruled that final warnings given in bad faith cannot be relied upon when assessing whether or not there was sufficient reason for dismissing an employee. Mr Way worked for property service company Spectrum Property Care Limited as an electrical contracts manager. In December… Read more »

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 »