Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article in briefOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today This month’s news in briefNew rules for HSE prosecutions The Health and Safety Executive has launched new criteria for deciding whenemployers should be prosecuted for health and safety breaches. The policystates this will normally happen when a breach results in death; when there hasbeen “reckless disregard” for health and safety requirements; andwhere the standard of health and safety management is “far below” therequired level. Arbitration reaps rewards for unions Unions won three times more recognition agreements in 2001 than they did in2000, according to the TUC. Twenty of the 470 new agreements came after ballotsthrough the Central Arbitration Committee, set up to police the new recognitionlaws ushered in by the Employment Relations Act 1999. See next month’s employers’ Law for an update on the union recognitionlaws in practice TA specialists on call-up for war against terror Up to 140 Territorial Army intelligence specialists are to be mobilised forup to six months to aid the war on terrorism. Employers affected by thecall-out can appeal under the Reserve Forces Act 1996 – three have appealed sofar. They can also claim payments under the act to cover recruitment ofreplacement staff, agency fees, overtime pay and retraining. Unfair dismissal compensation rises The maximum compensation for unfair dismissal has risen from £51,7000 to£52,600 as of February 1. Tribunals will be able to award it to individualseffectively dismissed on or after that date. Parental leave extended Eligibility for parental leave has now been extended to parents of childrenwho were under five as at 15 December 1999. The newly eligible have three yearsand three months from January 15 to take the leave. Parents of disabledchildren have seen their leave entitlement increase from 13 to 18 weeks, andthis can be taken up until the child’s 18th birthday. Related posts:No related photos.