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Corporate Manslaughter Act: Five years on

It was with great anticipation that the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into effect in April 2008.  Despite the fanfare and publicity, there have only been three successful corporate manslaughter prosecutions under the Act to...

Depression and the workplace - when working longer hours can damage your health

A new study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the University College London has concluded that employees who work more than 11 hours a day are twice as likely to suffer from major depression as those working regular 8 hour days.  That...

Third party harassment: more than just a nuisance claim?

Many employers face allegations of harassment after the Christmas period. Recently we have seen a trend of employers facing complaints that they have not done enough to prevent harassment by third parties, such as clients or contractors. If one of your staff...

Prepare to get fit

Dear Auntie My company current requires employees to obtain a sick note from a doctor when they are unwell for over seven days in order to get sick pay.  I understand that doctor’s sick notes are going to be replaced by a “fit...

Cellular Sins - Mobile Phone Use By Itinerant Employees

My company has recently made several additions to the fleet of cars used by our travelling sales-people. Our sales-people need to be readily available on their mobile phones whilst on the road. I know that we might be liable if our sales people operate...

The end in sight for office 'Smokey Joes'?

My boss is a huge tobacco fan and insists on smoking cigarettes in his office (much to the annoyance of everyone else).  I’ve heard that there should be rules coming into force next year which will stop him smoking in the office.  Is this...

She who laughs last... Helen Green v Deutsche Bank

Bullying in the workplace has again made it to the headlines.  The Helen Green v Deutsche Bank case filled newspaper columns last month splashing Helen Green’s £800,000 damages award all over the front pages. Taken in conjunction with a...

Mobile workers: the risks of remote working

Since the early 1990s communications technology has given an increasing number of people the ability to work effectively from home (although readers who remember using dial-up modems may still be recovering from the stress levels caused by slow and...

In a flap over bird flu?

One of our employees has recently returned from a holiday in Turkey.  He came into work for less than a day, but had to go home because he was suffering from flu.  A number of other employees have subsequently taken time off with flu-like...

Top Tips for drafting PHI provisions

Many employers provide their employees with permanent health insurance as a standard benefit without realising the potential consequences for them. For example, it is common for employers to assume that their obligations extend no further than ensuring that...
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