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Legionella in the Workplace Health and Safety

Legionella in the Workplace Health and Safety

What is Legionella? Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious, legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age, […]

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April 2024 Employment Law Legislative Changes

April 2024 Employment Law Legislative Changes

Come April 2024, there are a number of changes to employment law we need to consider. Firstly, the additional protection given to a pregnant employee at risk of redundancy and the second the changes to the flexible working procedure. Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023 This legislation introduces significant changes to redundancy protections, as […]

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Employment Law Changes 2024

Employment Law Changes 2024

March 2024 Employment Law Updates Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 – Statutory Code of Practice to be published to support with the Act. The Guidance is expected to be a support for new rules on tips, gratuities and service charges, to ensure tips are paid to employees without deductions and in a fair and […]

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Apprentice Contracts versus Apprentice Agreements

Apprentice Contracts versus Apprentice Agreements

Employers often issue a ‘standard’ contract of employment to an apprentice and simply renamed it, calling it an apprentice contract or agreement rather than issuing a formal legally compliant apprentice agreement, and by doing so will unwittingly enter into an apprentice contract instead. Please note it can be difficult to get out of or take […]

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Changes to Holiday Pay Calculations from 2024 – Guidance Note

Changes to Holiday Pay Calculations from 2024 – Guidance Note

This guidance note sets out the significant changes to the calculation of holiday pay that are expected to come into effect from 2024 and how these changes might affect both employers and employees. It includes information about the concept of ‘rolled-up’ holiday pay as a way of calculating payment of annual leave for employees with […]

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How to Enhance Safety, Comfort and Productivity by Improving Workplace Ergonomics

How to Enhance Safety, Comfort and Productivity by Improving Workplace Ergonomics

In the bustling world of the modern workplace, ensuring the comfort and safety of employees is not just a matter of convenience but a legal requirement in the UK. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002, mandates employers to assess and reduce […]

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Understanding Occupational Asthma for Health & Safety

Understanding Occupational Asthma for Health & Safety

My first task in H&S Management was to formulate and implement a system to manage hazardous substances and to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), which were introduced in 1988 and came into effect the following year. I worked for a large privately owned engineering company and had to compile […]

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The Safety Concerns Surrounding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

The Safety Concerns Surrounding Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)

Overview of RAAC Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) gained prominence in the construction industry due to its unique blend of lightweight properties, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Developed as a variant of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), RAAC has found its way into various building types, offering advantages in terms of design flexibility and construction efficiency. However, […]

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