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  • International Workplace
  • 7 September 2005
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Workplace Law shortlisted for prestigious business award

The Workplace Law Network's online service has been shortlisted in the prestigious Association of Online Publishers Awards 2005 as one of the top six business-to-business commercial sites in the UK. The winner of the award will be announced at an Awards Dinner taking place at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel on 7 October 2005.

The commendation and shortlisting are a recognition of the commitment made by the Workplace Law Network team to deliver the very latest information every working day, backed up by comprehensive advice from a team of more than 30 online advisors. Workplace Law was also highly commended in May in the PPA Magazine 2005 Awards.

Established in 2001, the Network provides a range of support services - both free to visitors and through a comprehensive membership subscription area – designed to help businesses get to grips with their responsibilities under health and safety, premises and employment law.

The service is highly professional but unashamedly down to earth, aimed at HR, health and safety and facilities management personnel.

Content is the driving force behind the success of the service. The editorial team works cross-platform – integrating all elements of communication from across the group – in order to ensure that the Workplace Law Network’s online presence is bang up to date, highly relevant, and continues to foster a vibrant community.

During 2004/05, the Workplace Law Network has been consistently the first legal information provider to cover stories of major importance to business managers, for example in breaking news about disability discrimination legislation and in its extensive case coverage of the Gillian Beckingham legionella trial. The latter was covered live during April 2005 from Preston Crown Court, with case commentary available in downloadable audio format to support news feeds.

In October 2004, the editorial team launched an innovative print magazine (Workplace Law Magazine) to enhance the customer experience, fully integrated with the company’s online offering. The magazine enjoyed success in the PPA Magazine of the Year Awards 2005, where it was highly commended in the ‘interactive business and professional magazine of the year’ category.

Working with a wide range of independent contributors, the editorial team produces daily updated news, case law commentary and regular editorial features, written in plain English, to help workplace professionals comply with the law. Members-only features of the service include the provision of online legal advice, the lively forum, and more than 50 regularly updated A-Z guides covering practical subject matter from alcohol and drug abuse to young people at work.

Registered user numbers for the weekly (content-only) e-bulletins rose to more than 42,000 during 2005, and the group continues to supply weekly content to members of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Institute of Facilities Management with their endorsement.

Further information about Workplace Law Group and the Workplace Law Network is available from Ben Daft, tel. 0870 777 8881 or email ben.daft@workplacelaw.net.