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March 2017 News Stories

29/03/2017 - Get ready for 2018’s changes to data protection laws

The European GDPR applies to all organisations handling the data of EU citizens; HR must prepare now for its introduction, advises Stephen Foste

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28/03/2017 - Company and self-employed contractor sentenced for lift shaft death

A company and a self employed contractor have been fined for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured falling six storeys through a lift shaft.

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27/03/2017 - Company fined after worker’s foot was exposed to machinery

A company that produces and supplies wood shavings for use as horse bedding has been fined after a worker suffered a serious foot injury at its site in Andover, Hampshire

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23/03/2017 - Dismissing staff on long-term sick leave is not necessarily unfair, says Court of Appeal

Case highlights need for employers to keep medical evidence under ‘regular review’, says employment lawyer

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23/03/2017 - Dismissing staff on long-term sick leave is not necessarily unfair, says Court of Appeal

Case highlights need for employers to keep medical evidence under ‘regular review’, says employment lawyer

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22/03/2017 - Jail for bosses who tried to cover up details of 25-year-old’s fatal fall

Three company bosses have been jailed following the death of 25-year-old father of one, Benjamin Edge, who fell from a roof he was working on, without safety equipment and in windy conditions.

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21/03/2017 - Construction worker seriously injured in wall collapse

A Manchester building contractor and a company owner have appeared in court after a worker was seriously injured on a refurbishment site.

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20/03/2017 - The legal risks of strict working practices

Employers may hope that stringent policies will boost profits and worker efficiency in the short term, but companies that go too far will pay the price later

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17/03/2017 - Construction firm fined after worker fell from height

Construction company Kier Construction Limited has been fined £400,000 after a worker fell from height.

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16/03/2017 - Employers can ban religious clothing and symbols, says ECJ – but lawyers urge caution

Defeat for employees over right to wear Islamic headscarves; businesses must have ‘neutral’ dress code

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15/03/2017 - Norfolk farming company fined after death of worker

A family owned Norfolk farming company has been fined after an employee died at its grain storage facility.

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14/03/2017 - Fancy a career break? Yes please, I’d be over the moon

With news that two people have bought a private trip to the moon for 2018, what should HR professionals bear in mind when considering sabbatical requests?

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13/03/2017 - £300k fine for concrete firm after employee has leg amputated

A producer of concrete blocks has been fined £300,000 after an employee had to have a leg amputated.

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10/03/2017 - The pitfalls of protected conversations

Claire McKee explains how to make sure protected conversations stay protected during pre-termination negotiations with employers

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09/03/2017 - £600,000 fine for Council contractor after major burns to employee

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08/03/2017 - Opinion: Five dimensions for successful flexible working

Yvonne Sonsino and Jane Wheeler explain how managers can draw up arrangements that benefit both the business and the employee

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07/03/2017 - London council fined after school injury

Islington Borough Council has been sentenced after admitting a role in an incident at a London school where a boy was left with serious hand injuries.

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06/03/2017 - When can employee benefits be classed as a pension?

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman could have significant ramifications for employers who provide certain contractual benefits

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03/03/2017 - Househunter's 30ft fall down well lands estate agent with £200,000 fine

The woman could have died after falling down the hole in the garden of a house she was thinking of buying, investigators say.

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02/03/2017 - Home Office enforcement checks: is your business compliant?

Failing to comply with ‘right to work’ checks could prove costly, especially with the introduction of tougher penalties and sanctions

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01/03/2017 - Suspended jail sentence for construction worker with 'staggering disregard for personal safety'

A steel erector has received a suspended jail term after a member of the public photographed him balancing on scaffold tubes about 27 m off the ground and alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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