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Thorneycroft News for April 2016

HSE fines two companies for exposing workers to asbestos

21st April 2016

Asbestos is a toxic, fibrous substance used in building materials up until 1999, when the government recognised the significant health hazards caused by inhaling the fibres from asbestos and banned its use. There are strict guidelines in place when disturbing asbestos and removing it from buildings and it is now done by specialist companies who minimise risk of inhalation.

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What is the cost of sickness to your company?

21st April 2016

Employee sickness can be the scourge of businesses, small and large. When staff members are off ill for extended periods of time it can put huge pressure on the remaining staff and also have financial implications if alternative staffing arrangements are required.

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Criminal assault – stand up for your right to compensation

21st April 2016

Sadly, violence outside pubs and clubs is becoming more common. There are stories almost on a weekly basis covering incidents where Emergency services have attended to deal with a badly injured person who has been the victim of an assault.

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Employment Law – Are you aware of all the changes coming in to force throughout 2016?

21st April 2016

Whether you are a large or small company with 2 or 250 staff, you need to be aware of all the latest changes to Employment Law in 2016. There can be financial implications if you get it wrong which can be bad for business!

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Child brain damaged by meningitis receives £5.5m payout

21st April 2016

Meningitis is every parents worse nightmare, we are all made aware of the danger signs , a high fever, floppy body, stiff neck, discomfort with the light and finally the rash that won’t go away when a glass is pressed against the skin.

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Woman sentenced for stealing £4k from company bosses

21st April 2016

An employee was caught stealing £4,163 from her bosses over a 17 month period. She took money on 11 separate occasions before the company realised the theft.

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Permission given to animal charities to appeal Ilott’s Will award and take case to Supreme Court

21st April 2016

In July last year there was lots of media coverage after a British Appeal Court overturned a mothers Will and sided in favour of her estranged daughter.

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Taxi driver assaulted by two customers

21st April 2016

A taxi driver was assaulted by two of his passengers after picking them up from a city centre at around 12.30am and then taking them to their destination.

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Ex-employee wins five figure compensation for age discrimination at work

21st April 2016

A 61 year old sales rep has been successful in his claim for compensation after bringing an age discrimination case against the company he had worked at for 25 years. The employment tribunal heard how the rep had been nicknamed ‘Gramps’ by the Head of Sales, who is in his thirties, and how the sales environment had become humiliating and degrading for him.

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3 car road traffic accident causes chaos

21st April 2016

3 people have been injured after three vehicles were involved in a road traffic accident which resulted in one woman having to be cut out of her car, another woman, her passenger and one year old baby being taken to hospital for assessment.

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