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IOSH Annual Conference 2018: review

Last week I attended the IOSH Annual Conference in Birmingham, the first time I’ve been to the conference since its move from London’s Excel a few years ago. Despite my initial reservations, it proved to be time very well spent. I sh...


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When suspension goes wrong

Deciding to suspend an employee should be carefully considered as the implications further down the line can be significant if you get it wrong. Suspending staff has been in the news recently following a decision by the High Court to overturn the...


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Trust the NHS… or stand in Unison against it?

It’s no great shock that at a time when the NHS continues to face huge financial pressures, it has been looking at creative ways to manage the service and reduce costs.  One idea that several NHS trusts have embraced is the concept of c...


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Joint employer status - the future of outsourcing?

We had another twist in the case of outsourced workers versus client organisation on 7 August 2018, when the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) was granted a judicial review against a decision that had been made against them by the ...


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Is ‘positive action’ always a positive thing?

2018 has seen many high-profile businesses in the UK making very public statements on their efforts to encourage greater diversity in their recruitment and selection process, particularly for senior and board level roles. Most recently, the BBC an...


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Brexit – implications for health and safety in the UK

Brexit continues to cause uncertainty across the UK political, economic and social landscape, and domestic health and safety law is no exception. With much of the UK’s health and safety legislation being derived from EU policy, extricating U...