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Workplace fatality figures published

According to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 123 workers were killed in work-related accidents in Great Britain in the last year. The annual data release covers the period from April 2021 to March 2022, during which time most pandemic restrictions were lifted and the economy began returning to normal.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 October 2022

Law student taken on as a secretary by a male solicitor she met while a dancer at a club was not employee of firm

In BR v AD (deceased) and Eldwick Law a nightclub dancer offered work by a consultant solicitor was not employed by his firm, an employment tribunal has ruled. The now-deceased solicitor, referred to only as AD, had approached the woman at the club and offered her a job as his personal secretary. She had a young son and was studying part-time for a graduate diploma in law.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 7 October 2022

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End to adjusted right to work checks

The Home Office has stated that from 1 October 2022, the adjusted manual right to work check process will end. UK employers have been able to use this since 30 March 2020 to deal with difficulties in handling original documents that arose due to the pandemic.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 5 October 2022

Police whistleblower bullied out of job after he warned of lax gun vetting

In Mr T Lumb v The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and others a former police officer was ostracised by colleagues, verbally abused, assaulted and then unfairly sacked after he complained that standards of work in a 'toxic' gun licence vetting unit were putting the public at risk, an employment tribunal has found.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 30 September 2022

HSE fines construction firm £9,300 for failing to protect workers from vibrating tools

Two partners in a construction firm have been fined for failing to adequately control the risk to its employees from exposure to vibration when using vibrating tools. Employees of Roywood Contractors worked at various construction sites using vibrating tools without adequate control. As a result, an employee who had been working at the company for 12 years suffered significant ill-health from hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 29 September 2022