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The Benefits 2017, Benefits For Employers?

The Chancellor has confirmed the introduction of a new regime called 
T-levels, which he said would put technical skills on a par with academic qualifications, and make sure students were “genuinely work-ready”.

Under the reforms, vocational courses for 16-19 year olds will last up to 50 per cent longer, the equivalent of an extra 900 hours of teaching a year. The 13,000 current qualifications will be replaced by 15 standalone vocational courses, or ‘T-levels’, all of which will be backed by work placements. These will start in academic year 2019/2020.

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Recent Review of the Fit for Work Service


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A study by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson’s health and benefits team, has concluded that more than four-fifths (82%) of HR professionals questioned were now aware of the Fit for Work service (FFW) scheme.

This is an increase of 70% based on a similar survey conducted ahead of the scheme’s launch at the end of 2015.However, only approximately one-fifth (21%) said they had actually used Fit for Work.



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Large Construction Company Prosecuted After Worker Falls

Fatality at Stately Home

A Large Construction Company has been fined £400,000 after a worker fell from height.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the accident victim was installing plywood boards covering holes on the third floor of the building when he fell a distance of 3.95m to the floor below.




A preservation trust that runs one of Britain’s historic stately homes has been hit with a £266,000 fine after its failure to rectify defects in a luggage lift led directly to the death of a domestic servant.

The Preservation Trust, which operates a House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, failed to implement standard industry measures, including fitting a slack rope detector to the lift. Had it also employed a competent lift engineer, the trust would have identified that no safety gear had been fitted to prevent the lift from descending rapidly. 






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Burns Sustained After Cable Strike

New Report on the Cost of Workplace Absence


A Major infrastructure support services provider have been sentenced after one of its subcontracted workers was set on fire in May 2015 while replacing a traffic light pole in a city centre.

The Accident Victim, was working on a Street when he dug into a concrete box that shielded a live 11,000v cable, Gloucester Crown Court was told. He received and electric shock and his clothes caught fire. He sustained burns to his face, chest, arms, hands, legs and stomach. 





A new report shows that workplace absence is costing the UK economy £18billion in lost productivity. This is part of an increasing trend that has seen workplace absence increase year-on-year since 2011 – having previously been on a downward trend since 1993. As a result, the report predicts that the cost of absence will increase to £21bn in 2020, and increase to £26bn in 2030.

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