Public Sector Cuts and looming job losses strike fear for UK business
16th February 2011
With fear and uncertainty in the air, many employers both in the public and private sectors are again faced with making tough decisions to protect the future viability of their businesses.
For many business owners, the prospect of making job cuts is a daunting task. Managers and Directors are not only faced with coping with the upheaval and emotions that redundancies can bring, but working their way through the minefield of employment legislation can be even worse.
Andrea O’Hare, Head of Personnel and Employment Law at Citation commented "Now more than ever, employers are under increased scrutiny by Employment Tribunals to ensure they are legally compliant when considering redundancies." Employers need to understand how to handle redundancy situations appropriately, otherwise they run the risk of negative publicity and the possibility of large claims.
Citation’s Employment Law Consultants and 24/7 Helpline advisors have supported clients throughout the redundancy process, providing advice and guidance at all stages. If you are worried that your business is not properly conforming to current employment law, then a Citation employment law Consultant can help.
Operating throughout the UK since 1995, Citation provides professional advice and compliance packages to business clients. Independently endorsed at the highest level its market leading services provide guaranteed protection in the high risk areas of employment law and health & safety regulations.
For more information about Citation and the services they provide, visit the Citation website at http://www.citation.co.uk/employment-law or call 0845 844 1111.
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£4,000 Health & Safety fine for Unsafe Ladders
8th February 2011
A Lancashire business has been fined £4,000 after one of its employees fell from a ladder whilst at work and broke his back. After an inspection from the HSE, the ladder was found to have missing feet on both sides as well as having a damaged bottom rung.
Health & Safety accidents in the workplace, particularly falls from height are common and often result in serious injuries.
Most businesses’ will have ladders on the premises. They may be used for activities including retrieving stock from store rooms, undertaking outside building maintenance to decorating the office over the Christmas period.
Employers may think they are doing everything to prevent falls from a height, but have they taken all the necessary steps to manage the risks and avoid such accidents and associated fines.
Alastair Hall, Head of Health and Safety at Citation, said "Falls from height are one of the biggest reason for serious and fatal injuries in the workplace each year. Appropriate risk assessments must be undertaken by employers for employees who are working from height. Failure of the employer to implement the necessary safety measures, training and provide safe equipment can be fatal and employers need to know their responsibilities"
Citation provide all the necessary documentation, updates and support to ensure its clients are aware of their responsibility when it comes to employees who are working from height. Citation clients have access to a 24/7 helpline where they can receive advice on any aspect of the regulations for working from height.
Citation’s compliance solutions in health & safety and employment law provide SMEs with 24/7 advice and ongoing support to deal with situations like these enabling employers to easily demonstrate they have followed the necessary procedures.
For more information about Citation and the services they provide, visit the Citation website at http://www.citation.co.uk/.
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