Add 15 years and 35 pounds (13.6 kgs) to a worker whose job duties require lifting, agility, balance or physical exertion and you vastly increase their risk of work-related injury.This is happening a lot. The obesity epidemic in the United States is spreading worldwide, and the results will be unfortunate. In most places, the aging workforce is taking its toll as more and more working... Continue Reading
Construction specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North has appointed women with significant industry experience to two top posts.   As Galliford Try’s involvement in the £350 million Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) hots up, the FTSE 250 business has announced the appointment of Sara Holmes as the new Development Director and Christine Curran as the head of the GRP.   With over 30 years in the the... Continue Reading
From 6th April 2015 the construction industry scheme will require contractors to provide quarterly reports to the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for payments that they make that do not show up on their own PAYE. This will help HMRC identify genuine self-employment participants and those falsely operating under the self-employed status. In the event that HMRC do identify payments to someone operating falsely... Continue Reading
In February this year the Insurance Act 2015 received Royal Assent, and will be coming into force in the autumn of 2016. Perhaps the most key change from the original insurance act is the duty to make a “fair presentation” of the risk.   Relating specifically to the disclosure of material information which the insurer requires to make their assessment, the ‘fair presentation’ requires closer... Continue Reading
Recently the news throughout the country has been awash with reports of fatal HGV crashes that ought to have been prevented. Stretching from London all the way up to Edinburgh, and a recent fatal accident in Bath, a recent report suggests that these accidents are to be blamed on ‘ill-conceived reforms’.   In a press statement released by the British Aggregates Association (BAA) it was... Continue Reading