The Health and Safety Executive has released the following statistics for 2017/2018: 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey, 144 workers were killed at work and 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. This highlights the importance of making sure you know your health and safety obligations as a small business owner.
We summarise the key developments in employment law for small and medium sized businesses in 2019 and beyond. Read our blog here to find out more.
Employment law legislation excludes certain conditions from the definition of disability, including a tendency to steal, set fires, or physically or sexually abuse other persons. Where an employee's disability manifests in an accepted excluded condition, an employer may take disciplinary action, including dismissal, provided that the steps taken by the employer are part of a fair process and the reason for the action relates to the excluded condition and not to the underlying disability. As set out in a recent case, the tribunals will determine if the employee has an excluded condition before deciding how that excluded condition relates to the alleged disability discrimination.
Organisations often underestimate the importance of ensuring that proper health and safety measures are in place in the workplace to protect employees and the public. In a recent case a company director was jailed for 8 months following the death of a worker and a subsequent failure to take steps to improve and maintain health and safety in the workplace. Read our summary to find out what happened.
Employers should take note that the Government has announced an increase in the National Minimum Wage to take effect from 1 April 2019. Read more about this key development.