Editor's message: Health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.
Employers also have a duty of care with regard to the health and safety of non-employees, including the self-employed and members of the public who may be affected by their business activities.
In addition, there are good business reasons for protecting the health and safety of employees. A significant number of working days are lost every year due to work-related illness and workplace injury.
Sarah Anderson, employment law editor
The High Court has held that an employer is vicariously liable for 126 alleged sexual assaults that took place during medical examinations carried out at the request of the employer.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that, on the particular facts, the employee's dismissal for 20 months' unauthorised absence was unfair.
On 1 July 2007, England introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including most workplaces. Ten years on, what are the most common queries from employers on smoking at work?
Updated to include a reference to the Sentencing Council's consultation on draft guidelines for manslaughter sentencing.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology firm Uber. Adam Grant and Jemma Pugh at legal firm Wedlake Bell LLP say the development is a warning for employers to take action.
More than 700 organisations have now signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for her to end the Government's crackdown on red tape.
The UK has been hit by three terrorist attacks in less than three months. These tragic events highlight the need to have a disaster contingency plan in place.
Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws.
Updated to include a reference to the HSE consultation relating to its fee for intervention cost recovery scheme.
One-third of UK workers (32%) say that remote access to work means they cannot switch off in their personal time, according to research.
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