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Taking a trip down the rabbit hole: Amy Metcalfe volunteers at rabbit rescue centre

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29 Jul 2014 3:18PM

All employees at Workplace Law are offered one day’s paid leave per year for a worthy cause, and although I really wanted to take advantage of this sooner, I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along. I had heard about a rabbit rescue centre near me that needed volunteers, so got in touch with them. I arranged to volunteer at the Rabbit Residence Rescue, a charity local to me who take in unwanted pet rabbits and look to rehome them. They also offer a holiday boarding service which generates a regular revenue stream. I have owned rabbits since the age of 12 and after losing one ...

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All in a week's work for the HSE!

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29 Jul 2014 12:30PM

Lee Calver Not many weeks pass without the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) releasing new research or detailing a recent prosecution, but last week was possibly the busiest for the HSE in a long time. First up, it revealed the results of its national targeted inspection which focused on health risks for construction workers. During a two-week period of proactive inspections, the HSE demanded improvements and in cases where sites fell short of expected standards, put an immediate stop to work activities. HSE revealed that its Inspectors focused on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory...

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Ten top tips to ensure the safety of employees during the summer months

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22 Jul 2014 9:40AM

Kelly Mansfield School holidays are just around the corner, and the hot weather has everyone talking. The traditional summer silly season is upon us, but while we remain in the workplace, the hot weather does raise safety and wellness issues to consider, and highlights actions that need to be taken. Whether your staff are based indoors or outdoors, as an employer you will need to address various matters in order to ensure your employees remain safe, happy and productive. What the law says The laws covering summer weather issues are few and far between and not very specific, but there are some key points ...

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