January 2016 Archive

The new Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter, Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Guidelines: ready or not here they come!

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On Monday 1 February 2016, new Sentencing Guidelines for a range of regulatory offences come into force. They apply to all offences sentenced on or after this date, regardless of when the offence was committed. For convicted corporate Defendants, one can expect to see a significant increase in the level of fines imposed. For health and safety offences, the Guidelines focus on the turnover of organisations in order to scope the range of fine More …

First ever NHS corporate manslaughter prosecution stopped by Judge

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A corporate manslaughter prosecution against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, and a gross negligence manslaughter prosecution against consultant anaesthetist Errol Cornish has come to a halt following a successful ‘submission of no case to answer’ by the Defendants. More …

Are employers now allowed to read employees' private messages?

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Natalie Painter discusses the recent case on whether' employers are allowed to read their employees' messages whilst at work. This article was first published for CIPD's People Management online. More …

Too SAD to work?

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During these Winter months, some employees are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Whilst some dismiss this as the "winter blues", for others it can be very debilitating. What is SAD and what are the important points employers need to be aware of? More …

New ACAS Guidance on conducting workplace investigations

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Do your managers find disciplinary and grievance investigations challenging? Helpful new Guidance from ACAS breaks down the investigation process to practical, manageable steps. More …

QSRC LTD (‘QSRC’), Regina (on the Application of) -V- National health service Commissioning Board (‘NHS England’) and another

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Judgment was handed down on Monday 21 December in the first case to consider the NHS (Competition, Procurement and Patient Choice) More …

Are you ready for the National Living Wage?

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We look in more detail at the National Living Wage effective from April, as well as further changes to the National Minimum Wage. More …

The new General Data Protection Regulation is (almost) here

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Once it is formally signed off, which is likely to be later in January, there will be a two-year period before the Regulation becomes law. This means the new rules will be with us from early 2018. More …