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Asbestos claims hit £10k in UK schools

Three-quarters of UK schools have asbestos in their buildings, yet many find themselves unable to do anything about it because of disputes over who should foot the bill. So said the Guardian newspaper in 2015. Now, new figures obtained by BBC News...


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IOSH Managing Safely – extra January date announced

With courses now sold out into February 2017, we have scheduled an additional IOSH Managing Safely classroom course date at the International Workplace Executive Centre in London from 23-26 January. Places on this extra course are lim...


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Holiday pay must include performance-based commission: The Court of Appeal’s decision in British Gas Trading Ltd v. Lock and another

The Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in one of the key holiday pay cases, British Gas Trading Ltd v. Lock and another. It held that pay for the four weeks’ of annual leave derived from the European Working Time Directive must inclu...


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Spotlight on long-term health conditions

Only 60% of working age people with a long-term health condition are currently in employment, according to statistics published by The Work Foundation. And unemployed people are more than twice as likely as employed people to report having a limit...


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Chemical company fined £3m after the release of toxic vapour cloud on two separate occasions

A chemical company has been sentenced after one worker was killed and another left with life-changing injuries when they were overcome by a toxic vapour cloud. A little over 16 months later there was another incident involving the same toxic chemi...


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London council data breach as court bundle lost

A London council has been warned to toughen up the way it protects personal information after a social worker left court documents on the roof of her car and drove off. The London Borough of Ealing has signed up to a series of measures drawn up w...