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Health & Safety at Work 2016 Statistics

13/11/2016 - 10:11

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released its latest summary statistics for Health & Safety at Work for Great Britain in 2015/16. Covering ill health and workplace injury, the results show that despite being one of the safest countries in the world in which to work, we still have a lot...

Company Culture and Employee Engagement

07/11/2016 - 20:11

It’s fair to say that in an ever shifting global economy the pressures placed on how we adapt and manage our workforce continue to consume a large part of our everyday resources. High employment, economic recovery, increased productivity and a fast paced, mobile, 24/7, cloud based data driven world...

Mental Health & Well-Being at Work

07/11/2016 - 20:11

The issue of mental health in our workplaces is still somewhat of a taboo subject. Yet with government estimates that every year one in six British workers are affected by conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress, this can have a significant impact on the overall well-being of your workforce....

Health & Safety - Have Your Say

11/10/2016 - 15:10

The Health & Safety Executive is asking for your input into its proposed changes to its guidance on Risk Assessments. We all know that many businesses see Health & Safety as a time consuming burden and the HSE recognises that it needs to make things as clear and simple as possible, whilst at...

Changes to National Minimum Wage - October 2016

05/10/2016 - 15:10

With all the latest goings on in the UK political scene and having had to get your head around the introduction of the National Living Wage earlier this year, you can almost be forgiven for forgetting the increase in the National Minimum Wage which has come in to force this month. We say “almost”,...

ONS Reveals Increase in Use of Zero Hours Contracts

19/09/2016 - 16:09

Zero hours contracts have long been a source of discussion and debate and were recently brought to the fore again when the owner of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, was summoned to appear before the Business, Skills & Innovation Committee to answer questions regarding the treatment of its employees on...

Study Shows the Need for More Basic First Aid Training

06/09/2016 - 09:09

A recent study by the University of Manchester highlights the importance of first aid training and the role the public could play in saving lives. Commissioned by the Red Cross, the study found that nearly six out of every ten deaths could potentially be prevented if the public were trained in just...

Public Sector Gender Pay Gap Reporting Confirmed as Government Launches Consultation

22/08/2016 - 08:08

Having announced last year the intention to extend mandatory gender pay gap reporting to public sector bodies, this month the Government has launched its consultation paper which sets out the current context for public sector organisations and what changes are intended. It is anticipated that gender...

Fall From Height Accident at School Highlights need for Adequate Health & Safety

19/08/2016 - 08:08

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the...

Combating the Holiday Inbox

09/08/2016 - 14:08

The summer holidays are upon us and great British getaway is well and truly underway. And after a nice relaxing break camping in the English Countryside, soaking up the sun on the Costa del Sol or jetting off to Rio for a bit of Olympic action, we inevitably spend most of the first week back sifting...

Don't Be A Statistic - Health & Safety in our Region

29/07/2016 - 11:07

When it comes to Health & Safety in the workplace, we’re talking big business: the overall cost to UK employers of workplace injuries and illness is over £14 billion per year. That’s a lot of slips and trips! Whilst statistically, larger organisations are likely to have a greater...

Dressing Down for the Summer?

18/07/2016 - 19:07

The summer seems to have arrived at last! And with the thermometer hitting over 30 degrees this week, it certainly is a scorcher! Out come the sunscreen, shades and ice creams; on go the shorts, miniskirts and t-shirts (or indeed not the latter in the case of many men you see strutting...

National Living Wage - A recap

14/07/2016 - 14:07

Back in the July 2015 Budget, one of the main talking points affecting UK businesses was the introduction of the new “National Living Wage”. Running alongside the existing “Minimum Wage”, the government states it is part of their plan to move to a “higher wage, lower...

National Living Wage Having a Limited Impact on Employment Levels

11/07/2016 - 09:07

Earlier this year, we were discussing the introduction of the new National Living Wage (NWL) and its potential impact on businesses. One of the major concerns highlighted was how the imposed increase in the wage bill might affect levels of employment, particularly for small businesses where it can be...

HSE Prosecute Cambridge Construction Firm for Injury to Worker

06/07/2016 - 15:07

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Mead Construction (Cambridge) Limited was making a sewer connection from a domestic property at Hop Row, Haddenham to the main sewer. A worker was driving a skip loader, tipping spoil onto a spoil heap when the vehicle overturned trapping his leg. He suffered fractures...

Park City Comment on BREXIT

28/06/2016 - 11:06

The events of last month and the confirmation that the UK is to exit the EU will already be raising questions in your mind as to what effect this has on your business from many viewpoints. In addition, it will also raise many concerns in the minds of your employees. As we are responsible for...

BT in The Dock Again For Second Work At Height Incident In Two Months!

17/06/2016 - 13:06

British Telecom (BT) has been fined £500,000 after an engineer fell seven metres, while fixing a telephone fault in the roof void of a residential block of flats in Tower Hamlets, East London. The engineer was working alone when he lost his balance and fell through a ceiling, landing in a concrete...

Treading Carefully with Company Dress Codes

08/06/2016 - 10:06

The recent highly publicised incident of Nicola Thorp being sent home from her position at PwC for not wearing high heels has brought the issue of workplace dress codes firmly back into the limelight.  The temporary receptionist refused to wear the 2 to 4 inch high heels on the grounds that she...

Company Culture & Employee Engagement

25/05/2016 - 15:05

On Monday 23rd May, Park City were delighted to jointly host a seminar at Wivenhoe House, attended by around 80 Essex Business Leaders. Here is a copy of Operations Director, Tim Price's presentation. Please contact us if you have any questions about the contents of the presentation.     The...

Office Move

24/05/2016 - 10:05

The Directors of Park City are excited to announce that at the end of May we will begin our move to brand new Offices near Ardleigh, Colchester, 3 miles from our current office. After ten years located on the Business Park and with the increase in traffic congestion associated with Colchester’s...

IoD East of England Director of the Year Awards 2016

23/05/2016 - 09:05

As active members and supporters of the Institute of Directors in the East of England, we were delighted to attend the awards for the East of England Director of the Year Awards 2016 at the Jockey Club last week.  Park City's Operations Director, and recent former Chairman of the IoD, Tim...

Your chance to nominate a Rising Star in Health & Safety

11/05/2016 - 15:05

If you know someone who has gone above and beyond to make an impact on Health & Safety in their organisation, why not nominate them for the “Rising Star in Health & Safety Award”? Designed to recognise future leaders and the achievements of those new to the profession, the Safety...

The Gender Pay Gap

09/05/2016 - 04:05

The Gender Pay Gap is not a new phenomenon, but continues to make headlines both in the UK and internationally as women fight for the right to be paid the same as their male counterparts. Despite the 1970 Equal Pay Act and the Equality Act 2010 both making provisions for women’s entitlement to...

How to Have That Difficult Conversation - Managing Redundancy

20/04/2016 - 12:04

Despite the UK economy enjoying a more buoyant economy over the last few years as we have clawed our way out of a global recession, it is the harsh reality of everyday business life that there are still times when we require a significant tightening of the purse strings and have to resort to making staff...

Alcohol and Drug Use in the Workplace

20/04/2016 - 12:04

The use of drugs or alcohol by employees in the workplace can be a serious issue for your business. Whilst for most people the social use of alcohol and drugs does not have a negative impact on their personal or work life, research has shown that many employers have experienced problems in the workplace...

First Aid and Resuscitation Guidelines

19/04/2016 - 11:04

As an employer, you must provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure your employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. Whilst you may already have an appointed first aider, are you aware of the latest changes governing the...

The New Living Wage Introduced

01/04/2016 - 13:04

Today marks the day that over 100,000 workers in our region will see a significant pay rise as the Minimum Wage becomes the Living Wage. Until today, the legal minimum hourly pay rate has been £6.70. Now, this figure has increased to £7.20 per hour for those over 25 – with the hope...

Poundstretcher Owner To Face Jury Following Health and Safety Breaches

02/03/2016 - 16:03

The owner of the discount retailer Poundstretcher, is to face trial by judge and jury, following a catalogue of health and safety failures. Abdul Aziz Tayub, one of two brothers who own the chain of discount shops, pleaded not guilty to ten charges when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court earlier this...

New Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines

02/03/2016 - 15:03

New sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences came into force from the beginning of February 2016. They are intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations. However, unintended consequences of the way punishments are now calculated mean that courts will hand...

Accrual of holiday whilst absent due to ill health

02/03/2016 - 13:03

The Working Time Directive provides for workers to have 5.6 weeks of paid holiday per year which for most workers who work on a full time basis is the same as 20 days plus the eight bank holidays.  Employers are entitled to provide their workers with a greater contractual entitlement to annual leave...

Employment Law Update 2016

26/02/2016 - 15:02

With the new financial year, the raft of new employment legislation set out by the government over the last 12 months finally comes into effect. Whilst this year’s updates cover a broad range of matters that won’t be relevant to all of us, you do have a legal obligation to make sure that...

HSE Prosecute for failure to report Accident at Work

23/02/2016 - 12:02

A recent prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive shows that it’s not just the incident itself that can lead to a prosecution, but also how the reporting of the incident is handled. The Magistrates Court heard how an employee of a sash restoration company fell through an unprotected...

Managing Absence In The Workplace

11/02/2016 - 11:02

Employee absence is a significant cost to businesses. Effective absence management involves finding a balance between providing support to help employees with health problems stay in and return to work, and taking consistent and firm action against employees who try to take advantage of organisations’...

Thoughts from the outgoing IoD Chairman

10/02/2016 - 11:02

 You may ask why would you want to be Chairman of IoD Essex as did I,  and many more before  me.    Let me start answering that question with another – why wouldn’t you, if you feel you have the  leadership qualities, business experience and skills to communicate...

The Gender Pay Gap

25/01/2016 - 15:01

The Gender Pay Gap is not a new phenomenon, but continues to make headlines both in the UK and internationally as women fight for the right to be paid the same as their male counterparts. Despite the 1970 Equal Pay Act and the Equality Act 2010 both making provisions for women’s entitlement to...

The New National Living Wage

25/01/2016 - 14:01

Back in the July 2015 Budget, one of the main talking points affecting UK businesses was the introduction of the new “National Living Wage”.  Welcomed by many, some small business owners question what level of impact the new compulsory legislation will have on their organisations. What...

The Importance of Training & Development

18/01/2016 - 12:01

In order for our employees to deliver a quality service to clients, it is essential that they have the right skills and experience to undertake their duties. Whilst you will no doubt have verified that they possess the requisite competencies during the recruitment process, ongoing training and development...

Small Business Health & Safety Checklist

18/01/2016 - 12:01

As an employer, you have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees and any other person who may be affected by your business activities. The approach you take should be proportionate to the size and nature of your business, but even small companies have minimum requirements which,...

Health & Safety New Year Resolutions

05/01/2016 - 15:01

Health & Safety can be a complex, yet extremely important issue to get your head around. But with the cost to UK businesses of injury and ill health caused by workplace incidents a staggering £14.3 billion per year, it’s a matter that can’t be ignored. So instead of saying...

HR New Year Resolutions

04/01/2016 - 15:01

The New Year is here and people everywhere are making (and breaking) their well meaning New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s eating more healthily, cutting back on the booze, going to the gym or spending more time on important things and less time fretting about the trivial, the underlying...

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