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Companies still ignorant to new laws

04 Apr 2008

Companies still ignorant to new laws Over half of companies in the UK are ignorant to the changes which have been made under the Corporate Manslaughter Act according to new research.

A report from the employment law firm Peninsula has shown that 54 per cent of firms do not know that the changes have been made, providing a stark warning to recruiters and employers.

Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said: "It is important for employees to work in a safe environment. However the legislation that started with the intention to ensure that senior management honoured their obligations under Health & Safety has been so watered down that effectively for larger companies there has been no change whatsoever."

He added that the for smaller companies the legislation is "draconian" because the owner manager is also the management team, so is easily identified as having "total responsibility" in the event of an accident.

The research also revealed that 74 per cent of companies have not yet reviewed their safety policies in response to the change in the law.

Peninsula has been established since 1983 and offers employment law services and health and safety advice to businesses.

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