Future of work - liability in the workplace
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We have previously examined the potential occupational disease risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we refer to nanomaterials as the next ‘miracle dust ‘for its asbestos-like qualities, and it is this material that we now delve into and the specific health risks it poses.
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, that of artificial intelligence and automation, companies are increasingly implementing advanced technological solutions within the workplace, which is changing the dynamics of managing health and safety.
Shared parental leave became available to employed parents on 5 April 2015, allowing those parents the right to split up to 52 weeks of SPL. Several years on and it is apparent that SPL is not working, with statistics suggesting that only 2% of employed parents are taking advantage of it.
The fourth industrial revolution is the emerging use of radical disruptive technologies and is rapidly changing the way we live and work. These technologies offer tremendous opportunities, but the lessons of our not so distant past show that they can also represent potential risks.
Since October 5, 2017, the date on which The New York Times first ran its report exposing the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations made by several women against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the flood gates have opened on high-profile allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond.
The Supreme Court dismisses Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal, thereby allowing Mr Smith’s claims as a ‘worker’ to be heard by the Employment Tribunal.