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HSE Publishes Annual Workplace Ill Health and Injury Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published annual statistics for health and safety at work in Great Britain for the year April 2016 to March 2017. These show that an estimated 31.2 million days were lost through work-related ill health (25.7 million days) and non-fatal workplace injury (5.5 million days).

November 3, 2017
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High Court Confronts Linguistic Tangle in International Mining Dispute

The phrase ‘lost in translation’ was certainly apposite to a High Court case in which a commercial dispute hinged on the disputed meaning of a foreign statute, which was written in two foreign languages and had been translated into English six times, each version throwing up slight, but potentially critical, differences.

October 31, 2017
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Diplomatic Immunity in an Employment Context – Supreme Court Ruling

Diplomats are immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of host countries – but there are limits to that principle. The Supreme Court identified one such in an important decision concerning a domestic servant who claimed to have been trafficked and mistreated by a diplomat and his wife.

October 30, 2017
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Employer Not Liable for Office Worker’s Chair Prank

If a negligent worker causes injury in the course of his job, compensation is generally payable by his or her employer under the principle of vicarious liability. However, as one case concerning an office prank showed, that does not apply where the worker concerned is on a frolic of his own.

October 27, 2017
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Sweets Manufacturer Fined £60,000 for Fire Safety Breaches

Fire safety regulations are there to be obeyed and those who fail to do so will be hit hard in the pocket. In one case, a sweets manufacturer was fined £60,000 after a five-storey building that it occupied was condemned as a potential death trap.

October 26, 2017
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High Court Bans Proposed Royal Mail Strike as a Breach of Contract

Trade unions have a statutory right to call their members out on strike so long as the correct procedures are followed. However, as one case concerning proposed industrial action by more than 100,000 Royal Mail workers showed, that right can be cut down by agreement.

October 25, 2017
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The number of cigarette breaks you are legally allowed to take during a shift at work

Once an hour or perhaps every two? Will anyone even notice? It can be a controversial topic, but these are your rights to smoking at work

If you’re a smoker, are you legally entitled to a few minutes a day out of the office for a quick cigarette break?

October 23, 2017
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Employment Tribunal Fee Refund Scheme Launched

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013 was unlawful (R on the application of UNISON v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51), the Ministry of Justice announced that the Government would cease charging fees immediately and take steps to refund payments made since their introduction – no easy task.

October 20, 2017
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You Need a Lawyer to Help Make Those Knife-Edge Decisions

Litigation is often an exercise in brinkmanship and the need to make knife-edge decisions under pressure is one very good reason why advice from experienced professionals frequently makes the difference between victory and defeat.

October 16, 2017
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The dangers of using Whatsapp for work purposes

WhatsApp, the instant messaging app used by circa 1.9 billion people (according to Statista, July 2017), is in my opinion, the next best chat invention since MSN.

October 13, 2017
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