Some updates from our legal expert.
- Changes to adventure activities licensing.
- Proposals to revise approved codes of practice (ACoPs).
- Self-employed people whose work does not pose a risk to others may be exempted from H&S duties.
- Changes to approval of first aid training, including a consultation until 3 December.
- Proposals to remove dangerous occurrences, most occupational diseases and some occupational injuries from RIDDOR reporting requirements.
And, on ‘Right To Work’ issues:
- Changes to criteria for tier 1 (entrepreneurs, investors and exceptional talent) and tier 2 (skilled) visas over the past year.
- New tier 5 provision for permitted paid engagements allows some academics, professionals and entertainers to enter the UK and do paid work for up to one month, without formal sponsorship.
- A case where it was held to be race discrimination not to allow job applications from people who are not EEA nationals.
- Workers registration scheme for nationals of most central and eastern European EU member states ended last year.
- Work authorisation rules for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania extended until 31 December 2013.
- Rules similar to those for Bulgaria and Romania expected to apply when Croatia joins the EU on 1 July 2013.
- Changes to rules for family members of European Economic Area nationals – in effect from 8 November 2012.
For information on all of theses, see www.sandy-a.co.uk/employment.htm#righttowork-eea