The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging businesses to make the safety of workers their top priority in 2014.
Client monies in the spotlight
Recent stories hitting the headlines have highlighted the importance of businesses protecting client monies.
NMW penalties soar
Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will soon face penalties of up to £20,000.
The government has responded to its consultation on the administration of shared parental leave and pay by announcing, among other things, that it will restrict the number of times that an employee is entitled to change his or her parental leave plans. It is thought that this may assist to create certainty for employers.
Holiday pay should include commission
Advocate General Bot from the European Court of Justice has suggested that Article 7 of the EU Working Time Directive (No.2003/88) should be changed to reflect the fact that commission should be taken into account when calculating the correct remuneration for paid annual leave.
ACAS has recently opened a consultation to revise the Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures after it was suggested that the Code did not accurately reflect the law on the right to be accompanied in disciplinary and grievance hearings, and in particular the law relating to the need to make a reasonable request.
New guidance on health and safety in the workplace
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for employers on protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). The clarity of information within the ACOP has been improved by the publication of technical guidance online as opposed to within the body of the ACOP, with the focus of the ACOP being upon more general guidance.
An update has been issued regarding information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers in order to help businesses comply with legal requirements within the workplace.
A combination of welfare reforms and changes to social housing subsidies have put the sector under unprecedented financial pressure, prompting the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to write to around 20 housing associations about their “Value for Money” (VfM) performance.