Workplace Health and Safety
Employee carelessness is no defence to an employer's obligation to take all practicable steps to prevent against reasonably foreseeable risks in the workplace.
The Singapore District Court recently heard a claim by a former employee seeking further compensation to that already provided by his employer following a workplace injury. While the claim was dismissed, the case is a timely reminder for employers of … Continue reading
The Lam Pak Keung Case The recent decision of the Court of Appeal (CoA), in the case of Lam Pak Keung v Ip Tsz Keung & Others (the Lam Pak Keung case) [CACV 151/2015] serves as a useful reminder that … Continue reading
Australia: One size plaster cast does not fit all – Navigating the pitfalls of dismissing an injured or incapacitated worker
In brief Many employers will, at some point, be faced with the difficult task of terminating the employment of an employee who has been absent from work for some time and is no longer able to perform their job due … Continue reading
UK: Whistleblowing – employers face uphill struggle to strike out claims for lack of “public interest”
A recent EAT ruling has highlighted that, in many cases, the prospects of striking out a whistleblowing claim at a preliminary hearing on the basis of lack of public interest will be minimal. In particular, where the claimant raises an … Continue reading
In response to the frequent and often disastrous work-related accidents (the devastating explosion in Tianjin Port is a recent example), the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been making efforts to enhance work safety. Following the enactment … Continue reading
On 1 January 2015 new amendments governing the liability of employers for breaches of Russian employment legislation entered into force. In particular, the general penalty for breach of employment legislation has been increased. Moreover, some new penalties have been introduced … Continue reading
From December 2015 amendments to Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act will require employers regularly employing 50 workers or more to offer an annual stress check to employees. This will include staff on secondment to overseas offices. Workplaces with fewer … Continue reading
Acas small employers' guide on handling staff pay Acas guides explaining the rights to leave for attending antenatal and adoption appointments and on surrogacy NICE guidance to help employers improve the health and wellbeing of employees
The DWP has published guidance notes on the new Fit for Work scheme being phased in over 2015, recommending that employers update their sickness absence policies. The Government has said it will confirm the timetable for implementing the scheme shortly.