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High Street Giant BHS went into administration on Monday putting 11,000 employees at risk of losing their jobs.  Retail Acquisitions lead by Dominic Chappell bought the 88 year old retail giant for £1 last March. The collapse is reportedly down to poor trading, mismanagement and poor return on property sales.

Qatar’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has commended David Cameron’s stance on Employment Rights, citing the conservative government’s track record on issues such as tribunal fees and the Trade Union Bill as being the inspiration behind Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers building stadia for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Thompsons helped end a 21-year nightmare for avid Cat Stevens fan Avril Stulte by winning compensation against boy band Boyzone for ruining one of her favourite songs.

The Irish quintet released a cover of Stevens’ “Father and Son” in 1995, which reached no.2 in the UK album charts but left Ms Stulte unable to listen to the original version without experiencing fits of toe-curling, violent rage.

Asbestos: we may be several decades on from the legal importation and use of the substance, but, each year, more than 5,000 people in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Island still die from mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses; this amounts to around 20 former shipbuilders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and construction workers each week.

We have asked employers to give up indifference to Health and Safety for Lent.  We are staggered week after week at the lack of thought employers put into health and safety. However, employees must play their part too. How often have we mocked someone or been laughed at for being too safety conscious.  The apprentice on the building site gets a hard time for showing up in full PPE.  Senior colleagues encourage staff to “just get on with it” rather than ensure that things are done properly and safely.  Colleagues get impatient with their co-workers who “waste” time with red tape. The reality is that this “red tape” saves lives and the flippant attitude to Health and Safety rules fosters an attitude of indifference which can lead to a husband not coming home from work, a child growing up without a father, and a young life being cut short.

Freedom of Information requests... Perhaps the clue is in the name, “freedom of information” – not just referring to the ease with which someone can gain access to information held by public bodies, but also the manner in which such information is disseminated to the public. The news then that the Freedom of Information commission has decided not to introduce charges for requests for information is to be welcomed by all observers.

Worries over the number of "untrained and unregulated" cosmetic surgeons and the consequent risk of botched procedures and cosmetic surgery compensation claims has led the Scottish Government to call for more stringent measures to address the problem.

The government's call has won the backing of many leading industry figures, including, importantly, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which stated its belief that unless the situation is improved "patient safety cannot be guaranteed"; something which may lead to "disastrous results".

Just a few more weeks before those eggs are hurtling down the hill and we all race round the garden hunting for chocolate. We hope you are staying strong and refraining from whatever you gave up for lent. You will recall at the beginning of lent we urged employers to give up indifference to Health and Safety. Indifference to Health and Safety is a terrifying and contagious disease which can prove fatal. Fortunately it is curable and the cure is cheap and simple.

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