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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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Is BIM starting to give users a competitive advantage?


22 Apr 2014 1:53PM

Lee Calver According to new research, 70% of construction professionals using BIM believe it has given them a competitive advantage. The fourth annual National Building Specification (NBS) BIM Survey also revealed that awareness of BIM is now almost universal at 95% and adoption rates are accelerating, with more than half of respondents now using it and 93% predicting adoption by 2016, which is the Government's deadline for BIM use on publicly funded projects. The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 people from across the construction industry including architects, engineers, surveyors and con...

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Major changes to Employment Tribunals


17 Apr 2014 3:28PM

As is common, April brings changes in Employment law which every employer needs to be aware of. In particular, there are key changes to the Employment Tribunal procedure, which have the potential to fundamentally alter the way employers deal with claims. Perhaps most importantly, in claims issued on or after 6 April, Tribunals will have the power to order financial penalties against employers where they consider there are “one or more aggravating features” in their breach of the worker’s rights. This is effectively a fine, on top of compensation paid to an employee, and can even be i...

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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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