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
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Updated to include a reference to the HSE consultation relating to its fee for intervention cost recovery scheme.
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With spring's four bank holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. We examine the growing support for a shorter working week and potential benefits it could bring.
In this week's podcast, we examine several legal cases as we explore the situations where an employer may be found to be vicariously liable for an individual's negligent or discriminatory actions.
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