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A Birmingham automotive firm has been fined after one of its employees was struck by a manufacturing robot, leaving his voice box damaged and almost paralysing him down one side of his body. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Castle Bromwich-based Dura Automotive Body and Glass Systems UK yesterday (Wednesday) and the company was…

An international frozen food supplier has been been shown the thumbs down in court with a £10,000 fine following an employee loosing a finger when his hand was crushed at work. The incident occurred at Pinguin Food Ltd’s site in Boston on 10 February 2009 when the worker tried to straighten some boxes on an…

Company car policies are an increasingly standard element of any corporate benefits package, but with just one in five fleets (18%) placing environmental issues at the top of their agenda*, the impact on both the environment and an organisation’s own internal sustainability policies can be damaging. For Crest Nicholson, a company consistently rated as one…

Crown Relocations, a leader of international relocation services, has announced today that Narin Ganesh is to appear on Channel 4’s primetime TV programme, Undercover Boss. Narin is regional Finance Director for Crown Relocations in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. Produced by Studio Lambert, the Undercover Boss series first appeared on UK screens in 2009. It…

Women who want to start a family may struggle to get the support they need from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is the suggestion of Jane Hopkins, founder of Mumsclub, who said some females often have to choose between their job and their family. Work and families are two areas where women can find…

In response to employers’ growing demand for active talent management within their workforces and the current trend towards the personalisation of learning materials, Giunti Labs and Cegos, to further strengthen their on-going partnership, are collaborating to integrate Cegos’ catalogue of learning materials with Giunti Labs’ learn eXact LCMS. The two companies began their collaboration in…

A Shropshire-based confectionery company has been fined £75,000 after a worker was hit by a one tonne force from a factory machine. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) successfully prosecuted Magna Specialist Confectioners under regulations for a use of work equipment. On February 22nd 2007, an employee at its factory on Stafford Park Nine in…

Printing and production workers at two Scottish newspapers have begun the first in a series of strikes over pay. Staff at the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times walked out at 08:00 BST today (May 6th) after the owners of both titles, Newsquest, enforced a pay freeze for the second successive year. Over 140 members…

A new downloadable tool is now available to help businesses and organisations reduce the likelihood of their employees suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper limbs associated with repetitive tasks. MSDs are the most common occupational illness in Britain affecting more than 500,000 people every year and are often linked to repetitive work tasks…

Widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector has been discovered by an Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry. Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many…

The largest meat supplier for the supermarket chain Asda has been accused of discrimination against British workers following the publication of a job advert stating candidates “must speak Polish”. Cooked meat manufacturer Forza AW is alleged by the Mail of Sunday to have turned away UK applicants for the job on the factory production line…

A European Parliament committee has passed a draft legislation which would extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay. In the current European legislation, women are given 14 weeks of maternity leave on full pay, but the UK legislation requires employers to give up to a year off, with 90% of full pay for…

Business minister Lord Young was in Milton Keynes today to see the young apprentices who are keeping the UK’s trains on track. Railcare runs a successful Apprenticeship programme which covers vehicle production, components and incident repair. The apprentices are working towards an advanced modern Apprenticeship. Lord Young said: “It is encouraging to see a small…

The findings from this year’s annual Reward Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), launched this week at the annual Reward Conference, reveal an optimistic outlook for the economy and expectations of growth in 2010. Results from the survey of almost 800 reward professionals show that the majority of respondents anticipate spending…