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Following the introduction of the Definitive Sentencing Guideline for Health and Safety Offences in 2016, increased the size of the fines ordered by the courts following a company pleading guilty or being found guilty after a trial. We consider in this article whether that trend has continued during the course of the pandemic or whether the courts are taking into account the effect the pandemic is having on businesses, resulting in lower fines.
The role of Transport Manager has always been onerous. This individual is required to ensure the legal requirements for road haulage are met as well as taking responsibility for directing, coordinating, planning and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities.
Kennedys is celebrating 20 years in Hong Kong, and is also moving to new offices.
In recent years, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been hot on the heels of employers in prosecuting for breaches related to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). These reported fines are increasing every year from £280,000 in 2016 to £0.5m in 2018. Last year a £0.6m fine was issued to Places for People Homes, a company owning and managing a large portfolio of properties.
The Australian Government has announced that it is undertaking a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the “Privacy Act”) and consider options for reform. The review is the latest step in a series of proposals to reform the Privacy Act that commenced early last year.
Landlords have a duty to repair the structure and exterior of premises, which includes the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitation where the landlord knows or ought to have known about the defect. Repairing obligations continued unchanged throughout lockdown and remain. Tenants should report repairs as early as possible so landlords can take appropriate action.
Kennedys is warning the Government that it has a number of obstacles to overcome if the UK is to realise its ambition to be at the forefront of emerging autonomous vehicle technology.
The Bermuda Monetary Authority issued on 30 September 2020 the Insurance Sector Operational Cyber Risk Management Code of Conduct in its final form after submitting a draft for consultation to the industry in the late 2019.
Here is a story about a quintessentially Hong Kong form of “underground banking”. The mechanism typically starts with someone in Mainland China giving Renminbi to a third party in Mainland China for currency exchange.
The Health and Safety Executive has recently published its annual provisional figures for workplace fatal injuries that were reported to enforcing authorities in 2019/20.