Regulations

Businesses are being reminded that the penalties for breaking workplace health and safety laws have increased following the introduction of the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

Councils have promised to take a series of measures aimed at supporting local businesses through the economic downturn.

The government needs to review the burden imposed on employers by employment rules and regulations in order to tackle unemployment and to make sure the jobs market grows once the downturn is over.

Employers are being warned not to reduce levels of workplace safety training as a way of saving costs.

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