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Unlocking Employment Law by Chris Turner

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16Health and safety law

Aims and Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • ■ Understand the non-delegable nature of the employer’s common law duty to his employees
  • ■ Understand the different aspects of the common law duty
  • ■ Understand the character and scope of the common law duty
  • ■ Understand the available defences to the common law duty
  • ■ Understand how the duty has developed in the case of stress at work, and harassment and bullying
  • ■ Understand the basic statutory duties
  • ■ Understand the development of the duty through EU law
  • ■ Be able to critically analyse the area
  • ■ Be able to apply the law to factual situations and reach conclusions

16.1 Introduction: the significance of health and safety at work

According to the Health ...

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