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Welcome to Blogs – personal articles written by Workplace Law consultants and experts giving their opinions, ideas and suggestions on a wide range of topics that affect businesses and the workplace.

They also comment on wider issues in the community, as well as bringing you up to date on the most important things that the people at Workplace Law are getting up to.

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New campaign calls on employers and workers to tackle work-related stress together


15 Apr 2014 1:43PM

Lee Calver Last week, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. Stating that the prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is ‘startling’, EU-OSHA revealed that its latest pan-European opinion poll found that 51% of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace, while four in ten workers think that stress is not handled well in their organisation. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign states that together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress...

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Simon Toseland responds to the CDM consultation document


1 Apr 2014 2:08PM

Simon Toseland After a 15 month delay, the consultation document of the proposed revisions to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 has finally been issued. The headline changes, which have been hotly anticipated for some time now, include: Removal of the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), which is to be replaced with more simplified guidance aimed at particular sectors. Changes to the notification threshold. Removal of exemption for domestic clients from client responsibilities. Replacing the role of the CDM Coordinator (CDM-C) to that of a named ‘Principal Designer’.    Para...

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Office temperature costing UK economy up to £13bn a year


1 Apr 2014 11:18AM

Lee Calver According to a survey released last week, approximately 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature being inadequate, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13bn annually. The study of 2,000 office workers by One Poll, on behalf of heating and air-conditioning specialist, Andrews Sykes, intended to measure how temperature affects people’s working day, looking at workplace efficiency and output. Office workers aged between 18-60 were questioned, with results showing that less than a quarter of respondents find the temperature in their workplace comfortable, while more tha...

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