New Explosives and Acetylene Regulations

New Health & Safety Regulations New and simpler Explosives and Acetylene Regulations – October 2014 From the 1st of October 2014 the new Explosives Regulations 2014 (ER) and Acetylene Safety (England & Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2014 (ASR) will come into force. Until today, 30th September the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 will apply.  However from 1st October onwards it is replaced by L150 Safety provisions which need to be read alongside of the L151 Security provision. The ACOPs will provide employers with a guidance on how the safety provisions of the Regulations … Read More

Government funding for SMEs: Are you eligible for up to £2000?

Growth Voucher funding scheme for SMEs  Are you eligible for the Governments funding pilot to support SME growth? Designed to make professional advice more accessible to small businesses (SMEs) to support business growth. Hello, I’m Carole Thomson, and like you I am a fellow SME (small to medium enterprise).  I  wanted to let you know about a new Government funding pilot for 2014 that is targeted at us. This funding is due to close at the end of March 2015 so if you are considering using it now is the time to act. For instance, as an approved HR  Professional Adviser under this … Read More

Tougher £20,000 penalty for employing illegal workers

Employment law update 2014 Illegal workers:  Tougher £20,000 penalty for employing illegal workers   Employers may now be liable for a criminal and/or civil penalty of up to £20,000 if they knowingly, or negligently employee an illegal worker. It is also now per employee and not per employer. A significant change. Your defence still rests on you providing evidence that you checked the employee/worker had the necessary documents entitling them to work in the UK. This focuses the need for employers, no matter their size, to have a structured Induction system and the necessary documentation compliant to the UKBA requirements to … Read More

No need to Disclosure of minor crimes in recruitment?

Disclosure of minor crimes at Recruitment Employment law update: Minor crimes need not be disclosed by job applicants   A recent ruling by the Supreme Court has ruled that forcing any job applicant to disclose minor crimes as part of a background check at recruitment is a breach of their Human rights. The background. A man ‘identified as T’ was first refused employment at a football club and then later a place at university due to a caution he had received for stealing a bicycle when he was just 11. ‘T’ took his case to the Court of Appeal who ruled it … Read More

Compulsory Pre-claim Conciliation May 2014

Compulsory Pre-claim Conciliation ET1 claim – employee must now contact ACAS   Following the recent Tribunal fees, this is the next main change. Now anyone wishing to make an ET1 claim must first contact ACAS and obtain an EC certificate. The certificate will have a unique reference number that is required on the new ET1 form. Although available from 6 April, it becomes mandatory for most claimants from 6 May 2014. Basically if any ex-employee wants to submit a claim against you, ACAS will try and consolidate a settlement before it reaches a Tribunal through Early Conciliation (EC).   The … Read More

Zero Hour Contracts – Could they be banned?

Could Zero Hour Contracts be banned? An update on the Zero hour contract debate An interim report in April 2014 stated “in the majority of cases zero hour contracts (ZHC) need not, and should not be used at all”. This is follows months of media coverage highlighting the alleged abuses of ZHC. It has been reported 20% on ZHC are paid less than permanent comparators; 40% receive no notice of termination; 6% turn up to find no work and no compensation; 5% are paid less than the NMW. The Government is being pressed to take positive action to protect workers … Read More

Ban on secondary industrial action is ruled unlawful

Employment law update Ban on secondary industrial action is ruled unlawful   Secondary action or, ‘solidarity action’ as it is sometimes referred to, is when one union (who is in a dispute with an employer) threatens to induce employees of another employer to also take industrial action. The UK law provides that, in the context of secondary action, a trade union is not immune from liability for the tort of inducing employees to breach their contracts by striking. The RMT went to the European Court of European rights (ECHR) to challenge that the UK law breached the human right of … Read More