Health & Safety

Are UK health and safety laws strict enough?

In the UK it is an employer’s duty to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of their workers. This responsibility means they must take all ‘reasonably practicable’ steps to ensure no harm befalls their staff or members of the public whilst carrying out their duties or on their premises.

The main laws that serve to enforce health and safety law in the UK are: The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (the Management Regulations). (more…)

Human Rights Intro

What are the basic Human Rights under English law ?

The Human Rights Act 1998 enshrines in English law the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Under English law, the following are the main classifications for Human Rights, although there are often unforeseen circumstances where these rights have been applied :-

  • the right to life
  • freedom from torture and degrading treatment
  • freedom from slavery and forced labour
  • right to liberty
  • right to a fair trial
  • respect for private and family life
  • freedom of  expression, thought, conscience and religion
  • freedom of assembly and association
  • peaceful enjoyment of property
  • the right to an education
  • the right to participate in free elections
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