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Court of Appeal overturns sleep-in back pay decision

The Court of Appeal has today upheld Mencap’s appeal against the decision that employees could back claim underpayments for sleep-ins for up to 6 years. It had previously been decided that care workers who had to stay overnight as part of their job would be entitled to at least national minimum wage for the hours […]

Roofer sentenced after major H&S law breaches and no employer’s liability insurance

A Manchester-based roofer has today been sentenced after breaching health and safety laws. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Michael Anthony Roden (who also trades as M&R Roofing and Onyx Roofing) and his employee were contracted to carry out roof replacement work at Wheildons Butchers, Manchester. Mr Roden failed to implement any form of edge […]

No safe system of work leads to serious leg injuries for employees

An engineering company was sentenced today after two employees were seriously injured during work to dispose of old gas cylinders at the company’s site in Hull. Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker at Redhall Engineering Services Ltd was asked to decommission approximately eight or nine gas cylinders believed to contain oxygen. The employee laid […]

Care home fined after worker fell down a lift shaft

A care home was sentenced after an employee suffered significant injuries after falling around 1.5 metres down a lift shaft. Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee was using the platform lift to transport the residents’ breakfasts from the kitchen to the dining room on a different floor. An interlock system which meant that the […]

Sole trader fined after self-employed worker injured at their premises

An East Lothian-based sole trader was today fined after a self-employed furniture maker was injured on their premises. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how a self-employed furniture maker was working on the premises owned by Peter Anselm Fraser, trading as A and A Fraser Property. Whilst the furniture maker was moving wood over the planer blade, […]

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