Smoking in the workplace

In the UK, smoke-free legislation provides that most workplaces must be smoke free.

Employers should review their policies and practices on a regular basis, to ensure that they are complying with the legislation, including for example in relation to their vehicles and employees who work remotely.


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Higher numbers of employers have adopted workplace wellbeing strategies in the past year than in previous years and they are...

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Employment law changes October 2015: a six-point checklist

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Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’s proposals to toughen the...

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Top 10 HR questions in February 2015: E-cigarettes

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E-cigarettes and smoking policies were on employers’ minds last month, with the first tribunal decision involving disciplinary action for using...

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E-cigarettes in the workplace: first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers

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E-cigarettes in the workplace pose a difficult question for employers...

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E-cigarettes at work: what do the experts say?

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Should employers allow the use of electronic cigarettes at work? Deborah Arnott, chief executive of public health charity Action on...

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Managing the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace

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The increasing use of e-cigarettes, which are not covered by the same legislation as tobacco products, means employers may have...

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Legal Q&A: E-cigarettes in the workplace

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Victoria Clark, associate at Clarion, answers employers’ questions on how to deal with the use of electronic cigarettes in the...

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Should employers support employee health beyond simply managing absence? Welfare reform and the sickness absence review have placed employers right...

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Introduced to considerable fanfare last year, fit notes were intended to reduce the number of people on long-term sickness absence...

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Equality Act 2010: Guidance and advice for employers and HR

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Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and employers need to make sure they...

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Government confirms 1 October implementation of Equality Act

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The Government yesterday confirmed that the main provisions of the Equality Act 2010 will come into force on 1 October...

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Smoking ban extension will include workplace entrances

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The government has announced that it is considering extending the smoking ban to cover the area outside entrances to workplaces and...

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Two thirds of British adults fail to take enough exercise, and could therefore be putting themselves at greater risk of...

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