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Do you suffer from hearing loss?

02/04/2017

Mark Jackson

logoIf you’ve been exposed to excessive levels of noise in the course of your employment, and have difficulty with your hearing, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Many jobs and workplaces require employees to work in environments where noise levels and patterns are potentially hazardous to hearing. As stated above employers have a responsibility to provide their employees with adequate protection against this noise. If this protection is missing or flawed, the result can be serious and long-lasting damage to hearing and can result in noise induced hearing loss, also referred to as industrial deafness, for which you may claim compensation.

We have been dealing with noise induced hearing loss  and tinnitus claims for some time and have considerable expertise in this area. We have pursued claims against the Police, Prison Service and Ministry of Defence on behalf of former and current personnel.  We have also successfully pursued claims against employers engaged in manufacturing or other trades that employ noisy processes or use noisy machinery.

If you think you may have a claim for noise induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus please contact us to discuss how to proceed.

Thompsons Solicitors. Experience. Integrity. Results.

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First Time House Buyers – Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief ends 25 March 2012

12/01/2012

Mark Jackson

At present first-time buyers of residential property in the UK can apply for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief if all of the following apply:

  • the effective date is on or after 25 March 2010 and before 25 March 2012
  • the consideration given is £250,000 or less
  • the buyer intends to live in the property and it will be their only or main home
  • they have not previously owned property or land either in the UK or anywhere else in the world – including property bought with anyone else

In effect this means that first-time buyers have up to 24 March 2012 inclusive to complete a purchase of residential property at a price up to £250,000. Read more

New rights to be given to agency workers in Northern Ireland…

23/08/2011

Mark Jackson

The Department for Employment and Learning has confirmed that temporary agency workers in Northern Ireland will be given important new rights under the EU Agency Workers Directive – see link.

The Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, has indicated the Department will bring the necessary legislation into effect by 5 December 2011.

It is likely the legislation will largely mirror the English equivalent, the Agency Worker Regulations 2010, which come into operation in England and Wales on 1 October 2011.  Those Regulations give temps and agency workers some of the same rights as full-time staff from their first day on the job.  After 12 weeks in the same job, as indicated by the Minister, the new regulations will grant temps the same pay and overtime rates as your permanent employees, as well as paid holiday.

It is estimated that one half of temp assignments are longer than 12 weeks, and the Department’s own website indicates there are some 22,000 temporary agency workers in Northern Ireland.  That means a considerable number of businesses in Northern Ireland will be affected.

So, if you employ temps for more than 12 weeks at a time, are there any steps you can take to prepare before 5 December 2011? Read more

Why just having a social media policy isn’t enough…

11/08/2011

Mark Jackson

In our last post, Social Media and Employment, we commented that if employers are to implement a social media policy then it needs to fit with their business.  We finished off by saying that such a policy needs to be interpreted properly, and that the employer still needs to act reasonably.

We looked at the risks of not having a properly prepared social media policy, and in turn the reasons why employers should have such a policy, in our post Social Media in the workplace – do you have a policy?

However, simply having a policy in place isn’t necessarily going to avoid the risks identified in that post.  Employers must still act reasonably in enforcing a policy.  The case of Stephens -v- Halfords plc earlier this year demonstrates the point (see xPert HR for the summary) – a Facebook page criticising the employer was not held to justify dismissal. Read more

Social Media in the workplace – do you have a policy?

02/08/2011

Mark Jackson

As we’ve just started blogging, an article on the use of social media and how employers should try to regulate it seems an apt place to start!

The use of social media has risen dramatically in the last few years.  Not that long ago not many people had heard of Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and the like – but these sites are now used everywhere, 24/7, by very many people – more so as they are accessible all the time from mobile phones.  Can you be sure your employees aren’t using such sites whilst at work?  Do you know what they may be posting on such sites that could adversely affect your business?  Have you taken any steps to regulate the use of such sites by employees whilst at work?   Read more