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Workplace dress codes: time for a makeover?

In June 2017, a woman claimed she was sacked from her job at a bar in Hull after refusing to wear a bra to work. The bar denied the allegations, claiming no one had been dismissed, but the woman claimed she had been let go after inappropriate sexu...


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Electrical safety: upcoming legislative changes

Despite the highly anticipated arrival of Amendment 3 to the 17th edition of the Wiring Regulation in 2015, the safety risk presented by poor electrics remains a huge problem. As such, as we look towards the initial draft of the 18th edition, it m...


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Will the Apprenticeship Levy take a toll on bigger businesses?

In April of this year, the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, requiring employers across the UK with an annual salary bill of more than £3m to contribute to the apprenticeship pot. The impact of the Levy is unknown as yet, but th...


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Challenging health and safety practice: time for a refresh?

Refresher training tends to come in for a lot of stick by the people who often feel they’ve been forced to do it as part of a ‘tick box’ compliance procedure. And all too often, they are right.  Finding a way of refreshing ...


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Supporting caregivers: the ‘Sandwich Generation’

Most employers expect and plan for their employees to take maternity or paternity leave at some point during their career, and many also expect the occasional minor disruption when, for example, an employee’s child is unwell and needs caring...


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Grenfell Tower: a personal perspective

With a picture beginning to emerge of the contributory factors that may have led to the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower last week, as a health and safety professional it’s hard not to have a personal perspective. Harriet Harman MP made a most ...