HSE five-year plan
The HSE has published its five-year strategy, Helping Great Britain work well
. It has six themes, covering: broader ownership of health and safety; highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health; simplifying risk management; supporting small employers; anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges; and promoting the benefits of Britain’s health and safety system.
An employer can be vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of its employees, if they take place in the course of employment rather than in a personal capacity. Two judgments of the Supreme Court have now clarified what kind of relationship there has to be between the individual at fault and an employer, and how the conduct of the individual has to be related to that relationship, in order for there to be vicarious liability. A detailed analysis of Cox v Ministry of Justice
and Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets pl
c will be published in the April/May issue of Occupational Health [at Work]
Increase in compensation rates at tribunal
New limits on compensation payments awarded by employment tribunals for unfair dismissals, and certain other detriments, come into force on 6 April. Unfair dismissal compensation will now be capped at £78,962 or a year’s salary, whichever is the lower. There is no limit on compensation for discrimination claims brought under the Equality Act 2010.
Active lunch breaks
The County Sports Partnership (CSP) Network has issued a 10-point ‘manifesto for a flexible lunch break’, to encourage employers in England to create opportunities for employees to undertake physical activity during the working day.
Mohawk round 8
The latest MoHaWK (‘Management of health at work knowledge’) national benchmarking audit included a new indicator on mental health. It required participants to submit audit data on the percentage of employees off sick for four weeks or more who had been assessed for depression. Data from the ‘round 8’ audit reveal that just over half (57%) of services achieved or exceeded the target score of 90%.
Construction health survey
Three building services trade bodies, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, the Building Engineering Services Association and Constructing Better Health, have launched an initiative to improve employee health across the sector. The first stage is a sector-wide survey, designed to provide baseline data that will lead to practical occupational health information and support for contractors. Chair of Constructing Better Health, Bob Blackman, said: ‘Our collaborative survey will help us to further demystify the cloudy perceptions about occupational health and target those areas where our members and industry colleagues aren’t making the most of the resources at hand.’ The survey closes on 13 April.
Support for employees with disabilities
NICE has issued a call for evidence to establish what workplace interventions are effective in supporting employees with disabilities or long-term conditions. Evidence must be submitted by 1 April 2016.
The Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) has appointed Dr Robert Hardman as its chair. Hardman is a consultant occupational physician and is deputy lead of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Quality Improvement Working Group.
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The February/March 2016 issue looked at some of the latest research in the following areas: