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Long covid disability

Long Covid may be a disability

Long Covid could be a disability An Employment Tribunal has decided that Long Covid may be a disability, which highlights to employers how the Equality Act 2010 can be applied. The case in question (Mrs H Matthews v Razors Edge Group Ltd) was held in November 2021 and, following further representations, has just been finalised …

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Pregnant working

Pregnant workers law updated

Pregnant workers law changed The law says that employers must provide safe working environments and manage risks to the health and safety of workers. This includes women of childbearing age. Employers have always been required to conduct a general workplace risk assessment. However, the HSE has issued updated guidance to clarify that all employers must …

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Positive mental health at work

Positive mental health at work

Supporting positive mental health at work Mental Health Awareness Week brought a much-needed spotlight to the biggest cause of absence in the UK. Some research suggests the total cost of mental health problems to the UK economy is £34.9Bn. Other studies show that 1 in 4 people will experience a period of psychological ill health at some point. Before the pandemic …

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PPE laws are changing

PPE laws are changing

PPE laws have changed The laws that businesses must follow when providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees changed on the 6th April 2022. The law changed to extend the scope of PPE provision that employers must provide. What changed? Previous PPE laws (PPER 1992) placed a duty on employers to ensure that suitable PPE was provided to employees who may have …

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Changes to fit notes

Changes to fit notes

Fit notes law has changed The government has extended the time after which employees must provide proof of sickness (using fit notes) from 7 to 28 days. The change in the law has been made on a temporary basis, to free up GP time and help the nationwide vaccination campaign. Fit notes and proof of sickness Employees must …

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Civil engineering firm fined £40,000

Firm fined £40,000 after failing to conduct health surveillance A civil engineering firm based in Wakefield has been fined after seven workers contracted Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) because of their work. Family-owned firm Peter Duffy Limited employs 190 people working on infrastructure projects, mostly in the North of England. The business pleaded guilty to breaching …

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