Olympics’ safety report from HSE

19 January 2012

HSE has published the first of a series of research reports designed to share good health and safety practice adopted and learned during the construction of the Olympic Park. The report shows how the adoption of a no-scapegoating culture by the ODA and its contractors encouraged workers to raise health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal, leading to a safer work site.

Implementing classification changes

18 January 2012

In this article Desmond Waight and Phil Todd discuss some of the issues concerning when a change of classification is made. Note however, that this article is not concerned with the change from a classification under the older DSD/DPD system of classification to that under the CLP system.

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?

Can anyone guarantee a home for life?

18 January 2012

A term recently adopted by the care home industry is “a home for life”, an expression that encapsulates with directness, style and economy exactly what the best care regimes aspire to for their customers. Whether a residential home, a nursing home, a sheltered or very sheltered housing unit, or a domiciliary care agency supporting people in their own residences, everyone seems eager to offer their customers a settled location on that they can depend “for life”. But, wonders Jef Smith, how true can these claims be?

Time for a tachograph update

18 January 2012

Paul Clarke takes a look at proposed legislation to make tachograph fraud more difficult and to reduce the administrative burden on transport operators.

Looking forward to developments in Employment Law in 2012

18 January 2012

The Coalition Government’s stated objective of reforming and simplifying employment law, and reducing red tape for businesses, is gathering pace, says Lynda Macdonald, freelance employment law trainer, consultant and author. There are various important developments — some currently subject to ongoing consultation and some at a more advanced stage — aimed at amending, abolishing or otherwise reforming employment legislation. This article aims to explore these developments.

Traffic Commissioners’ Guidelines — a synopsis

18 January 2012

In December 2011, the Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, issued 10 Guidelines, providing information as to the way she believes that Commissioners should interpret the law. In this article, Michael Jewell summarises the salient points in each of the Guidelines.