UK: recent cases provide insights into level of fines for health and safety offences by very large organisations

Since February 2016, judges imposing fines for Corporate Manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety offences have been required to follow a methodology set out in the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline (the “Guideline”). The stated aims of the Guideline included increasing the level of fines imposed on larger companies and providing greater certainty. Whilst … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Return to work: Jabs, Tests & Psychedelic Zebras

We are delighted to launch a new podcast series: “Employment Espresso Pods” Join Herbert Smith Freehills’ Employment team for a coffee catch up as they discuss current hot topics impacting the employment sphere. In this, first episode, the team looks at returning to work in the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic. They tackle issues including … Read more

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers to 31 March 2021

The pandemic has presented a constant challenge for employers in keeping up with frequent changes to rules and guidance.  As the restrictions now start to ease, we set out below a summary of recent developments: Although the “stay at home” instruction has been lifted from 29 March 2021, individuals are still asked to minimise travel … Read more

UK Covid-19 developments: criminal offences for knowingly permitting breach of self-isolation rules; changes to return to work guidance

Self-isolation rules and return to work guidance have been continually updated over the last few weeks.  In particular, employers could now be liable for criminal offences for knowingly allowing workers who should be self-isolating to come into the workplace, and employers are once again being told that office workers should work from home over the … Read more

UK COVID-19: test and trace launched

The Government has today launched its test and trace system in England (and similar systems are in place in other regions of the UK).  Guidance for employers has been published here.  Key points for employers are: Individuals who have been notified that they have had contact with an infected person and instructed to stay at … Read more