Drug driving in the news again

Drug driving cases are in the news again, with Randox Testing Services again the centre of attention. The organisation was last in the news in January, when it came to light that two members of staff had been arrested for perverting the course of justice. This meant that up to 10,500 samples had to be reviewed.

At the date of writing, only approximately 2,700 cases have been reviewed. This is because there are very few experts that specialise in this type of work.

It is thought that the re-testing of results will cost Randox £2.5 million.
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Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the headlines again

Sexual harassment in the workplace is again making headlines – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45986510.

The social stigma and fear of reprisal (especially in a working environment) has long swayed professionals to not report allegations of sexual harassment. Within the last year, there has been a significant increase in reported cases of sexual harassment, which many believe to be attributable to the success of the widespread #metoo movement.

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Cohabiting Couples and Inheritance – a change on the horizon?

There are over 3.3 million cohabiting couples living in the UK. It is a common misconception that the term ‘common law husband and wife’ has some sort of legal status and, in turn, that either party has rights akin to those obtained by marriage by reason of the fact that they are simply cohabiting.

The fact is that cohabiting couples have fewer rights, for instance, they have no automatic right to inherit each other’s estates and they have fewer pension rights.
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Look after your staff’s mental health, look after your business

As a society, we are becoming more aware of mental health and the impact this can have on people’s daily lives. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point. The stigma surrounding mental health is now slowly lifting as society becomes more open and tolerant and awareness is increasing.

How mental health can be supported in the workplace is therefore a serious issue and one that employers must give strong consideration to. Last year the government commissioned an independent review into this which has led to the publication of the Stevenson-Farmer Thriving at Work review – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf
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