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BBC Studioworks fined after worker falls ten metres

11/12/2017 - 10:12

HSE has prosecuted BBC Studioworks after a worker fell ten metres from a lighting rig. The incident happened at Elstree Studios, which is home to Strictly Come Dancing. Eric Ihoeghinlan was collecting electrical cable whilst re-rigging at the studio. There were no guards along the edges of the...

Working in a VUCA Environment Part 4

07/12/2017 - 11:12

It is inevitable that in our fast-paced, global, interlinking economy, we face constant challenges in the way that we do business.  We face changes in conditions, attitudes and influences and a shift in pressure and expectations clients put upon us, whilst at the same time trying to manage and...

Employers, their Self-Employed Workers & Holiday Pay

05/12/2017 - 12:12

Employers, their Self-Employed Workers & Holiday Pay In November 2017, a case was brought to the European Court of Justice, which could cause employers a hefty financial bill in the future. The case of King v Sash Windows has brought to light that Self-Employed Workers could be entitled...

Working in a VUCA Environment Part 3

14/11/2017 - 11:11

It is inevitable that in our fast-paced, global, interlinking economy, we face constant challenges in the way that we do business.  We face changes in conditions, attitudes and influences and a shift in pressure and expectations clients put upon us, whilst at the same time trying to manage and...

Working in a VUCA Environment Part 2

20/10/2017 - 15:10

It is inevitable that in our fast-paced, global, interlinking economy, we face constant challenges in the way that we do business.  We face changes in conditions, attitudes and influences and a shift in pressure and expectations clients put upon us, whilst at the same time trying to manage and...

Working in a VUCA Environment Part 1

18/09/2017 - 15:09

It is inevitable that in our fast-paced, global, interlinking economy, we face constant challenges in the way that we do business.  We face changes in conditions, attitudes and influences and a shift in pressure and expectations clients put upon us, whilst at the same time trying to manage and...

Interviews – Keeping it Legal

14/08/2017 - 16:08

Whether you’re a multinational organisation hiring dozens of new recruits through the annual graduate food chain, or a small owner-managed business looking to hire just one or two new employees a year, the rules for interviewing the candidates is the same for everyone –keep it legal. Up...

Fire Safety breaches result in £50,000 fine for care home company

09/08/2017 - 09:08

A care home company in Cheshire was fined £50,000 plus £9,000 in costs last month after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety regulations. An audit was completed on the premise at Cypress Court Care Home, Crewe in March last year following a complaint from a relative of...

New Look Website In Progress!

08/08/2017 - 09:08

Park City's Marketing department are working on revamping our website. Please bear with us while this is in progress, and we hope you enjoy the new look! ...

Successful First Time Managers

17/07/2017 - 14:07

When you promote someone to their first management position, it’s likely that you’re doing it because they’ve proved themselves as a valuable employee and it’s time to reward them with a step up the career ladder. But very few employees are actually properly prepared to take...

Asbestos Awareness

17/07/2017 - 14:07

Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you or your employees may come across during the course of your work. Despite now being banned, it’s historical...

Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines – Recap and Review

26/06/2017 - 16:06

Last February, we reported on the new sentencing guidelines introduced for breach of health & safety laws. It was expected that the value of fines would increase, particularly for larger organisations, and more directors, managers and employees would be imprisoned for breaching health & safety...

The Importance of DSE Assessments

09/06/2017 - 13:06

DSE Assessments Display Screen Equipment (DSE) is a device or equipment that has an alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved; it includes both conventional display screens and those used in emerging technologies such as laptops, touch-screens and other...

Poundfield Products Successfully Pass IOSH Managing Safely

30/05/2017 - 15:05

Park City are delighted to announce that staff at Poundfield Products Ltd have passed the 4 day IOSH Managing Safely course. Six staff members all passed with flying colours! Chris Skippins, Quality Control Manager, who attended the course said: "This IOSH Managing Safely course...

Health & Safety Basic Awareness

10/05/2017 - 16:05

Employers have a legal responsibility to keep their employees safe and to provide guidance to staff on how to make sure they stay safe in their day to day jobs. The best way to do this is to ensure all your managers and employees understand the basics of workplace health & safety. Park City’s...

HSE Business Plan 2017/18 – Priorities for Safer Workplaces

08/05/2017 - 12:05

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched its latest business plan which sets out what it intends to deliver in 2017 and 2018. Key focus areas include embracing technology, delivering post-Brexit and building on the recent success of the “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy. The...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Has Arrived

04/05/2017 - 11:05

​New gender pay gap reporting regulations are now in force – let’s have a quick recap on some of the key points surrounding this issue. Gender Pay Gap – The Facts The gender pay gap is defined as the average difference between men’s and women’s aggregate hourly...

Worker Sick Days Down to Record Levels

26/04/2017 - 20:04

How many sick days? The Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) latest report into Sickness Absence in the Labour Market shows that although 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in 2016 (at an equivalent rate of 4.3 days per worker) this is the lowest since comparable...

Labour Market Update – Unemployment Down Again but Pay Rates Stagnate

13/04/2017 - 15:04

  Park City run open training courses for managers, or anyone else needing to know about time management and managing absence carried out by our qualified HR experts. Both courses are only £99 each. Employment The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show...

Fire Safety and the Role of the Fire Warden

05/04/2017 - 12:04

Training for Fire Wardens Training for fire wardens should be carried out by professionals so that they can be confident that they are doing the right thing in an emergency. Refresher training should ideally be carried out every 1-2 years and of course if you appoint a new fire warden. Park...

HSE Announces Consultation on FII Disputes Process

18/03/2017 - 16:03

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent following the settlement of a judicial review brought by OCS group before the planned High Court Hearing. The scheme, Fee for Intervention...

Widespread Discrimination for Company Dress Codes

08/03/2017 - 11:03

Last year we saw the highly publicised incident of Nicola Thorp being sent home from her position at PwC for not wearing high heels - the temporary receptionist refused to wear the 2 to 4 inch high heels on the grounds that she was going to be on her feet most of the day and was sent...

Time To Take A Break?

05/03/2017 - 15:03

Do you ever wish you had more annual leave? Does it seem like it’s time to go back to work just as soon as you’ve turned your “out of office” on? Do you have disgruntled employees who feel they should be entitled to more time off work? The chances are you’ve answered yes,...

Employment Legislation Updates 2017 and Beyond

16/02/2017 - 12:02

As we approach a new financial year, the raft of new employment legislation set out by the government comes into effect en masse, as well the introduction of new measures set out for the rest of 2017 and beyond. Whilst these updates cover a broad range of matters that won’t be relevant to all of...

Health & Safety for Lone Workers

16/02/2017 - 12:02

The increasing number of lone workers in the UK highlights the need for employers to not only ensure they have an adequate and legally robust health & safety management system in place for their business, but to also focus on the specific risks that apply to their employees that work alone. All employees...

Important Win for Self-Employed "Workers' Rights"

12/02/2017 - 15:02

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a plumber who worked for Pimlico Plumbers was entitled to basic workers’ rights, such as holiday and sick pay, even though he was technically self-employed.   Gary Smith worked for Pimlico Plumbers for 6 years until 2011. He was VAT registered and paying...

The Importance of Health & Safety for Winning Business

09/02/2017 - 16:02

Despite its importance, health & safety may not be one of your favourite subjects, but when you’re competing for business, you need to demonstrate your commitment to the issue. When big projects in our region come up for tender and you’re looking to be a main player, it’s likely...

Health & Safety Best Practice for 2017

16/01/2017 - 14:01

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. As an employer you have a responsibility...

Managing Employee Absence

16/01/2017 - 14:01

Employee absence can be a significant cost to our businesses. It can cause lost or delayed production, low morale and reduce the overall standard of service within the organisation. Managing attendance issues means tackling the possible causes of absence and addressing discipline problems such as lateness...

Two Essex based Companies Prosecuted for Deadly Asbestos Risk

02/01/2017 - 18:01

Two Essex-based companies have been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos over a period of years, despite being alerted to the risks at their premises. Basildon Crown Court heard that asbestos was found in poor condition when Connect Packaging Ltd moved into industrial units...

Are the French leading the way with the new "Right to Disconnect" law?

02/01/2017 - 18:01

For many of us that have enjoyed a prolonged break from work over the Christmas period, it may not always have been that easy to switch off from the office with emails frequently pinging their way onto our smart phones. It’s something that can be hard to get away from during any annual leave, or...

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