Make the fines match the crimes say judges
Penalties for violations of occupational health and safety legislation should be increased to reflect the severity of the crime, says the UK Court of Appeal. The move would also reinforce official campaigns to make accident prevention a key aspect of corporate management practice. The penalty should be sufficient to make the company aware of its duty to ensure a safe environment for the public and employees, with some serious offenders to be prevented from continuing in business. A court should consider if the employer deliberately contravened the law for profit and if warnings were ignored.
Publication Name: Occupational Safety & Health
The low-down on pay and conditions
New UK regulations covering the operating and funding of private nursing homes will force nursing home owners to review their pay structures, which often devalue nursing skills and deliver a low standard of care. The average pay for a care worker in the private nursing home sector is 3 pounds sterling per hour, despite the national minimum wage being 3.60 pounds sterling per hour. Research into staffing levels shows many homes would also require more staff to meet new government regulations.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
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