Latest news from the world of Occupational Health law

How far can cost justify discrimination? 30 November, 2020 - The Court of Appeal confirmed that saving or avoidance of costs, without more, is not sufficient for the justification defence. However an employer’s need to reduce its expenditure in order to balance its books could be a legitimate aim. In Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice, (bailii.org) the government had introduced limits on public... Read more »
‘Workers’ taking steps in response to danger 30 November, 2020 - The High Court has held that EU directives require legal protection to extend to ‘workers’, not just employees, as regards not being disadvantaged for taking steps in response to danger, and in respect of PPE. The decision is R (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (bailii.org). The... Read more »
New book: Hand-arm vibration syndrome 11 November, 2020 - Just published! Our new book: Hand-arm vibration syndrome: A guide for occupational health practitioners is now available. Written by Dr Roger Cooke, it examines the best practice in diagnosis and management of conditions related to hand-arm vibration exposure. Expertly written, and widely researched, this book will be an indispensable resource within the field of occupational... Read more »
Guidance on subject access requests 9 November, 2020 - The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued revised guidance on subject access requests (SARs) under the GDPR. As outlined in the ICO’s blog post (ico.org.uk), some key changes or areas where the guidance (ico.org.uk) has been expanded relate to: stopping the clock to ask for clarification of an individual’s request if genuinely required; when is a... Read more »
New guidance on clinically extremely vulnerable people from 5 Nov 5 November, 2020 - From 5th November, the clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to go into workplace. New guidance has been issued for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, who up to 1st August were advised to shield. The guidance is at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19. As regards work, it says that from 5th November this group is ‘strongly advised to... Read more »
New lockdown rules: working from home from 5 Nov 5 November, 2020 - Under the new lockdown regulations from 5th November, people can only leave home for work purposes if it is not reasonably possible to work from home. Up to 4th November the guidance was that office workers who can work effectively from home should do so, but this is a legal requirement from 5th November. Government... Read more »