This weeks news in brief
HSE fines increase
Health and safety convictions rose to nearly 900 during 2001-2002, with an average fine of more than £12,000. The Health & Safety Executive's Offences and Penalties Report identifies offenders and shows that more than 84 per cent of prosecutions resulted in conviction. www.hse.gov.uk
Getting back to work
The Government has developed a package of measures to help people with a long-term illness or disability get back into full-time work. Outlined in a Green Paper, the changes aim to get people off the benefits system. www.dwp.org.uk
The shortage of pathologists in the NHS has begun to have a serious effect on the delivery of healthcare services, with more than 1,000 vacancies for qualified staff remaining unfilled. Amicus has warned that urgent action is needed to halt the deepening crisis. www.aeeu.org.uk
Argos Sunday review
Retailer Argos is ready to review its policy of compulsory Sunday working. Argos chief executive Terry Duddy agreed to the review after holding two meetings with the Secretary of State for Scotland Helen Liddell. Argos will open negotiations with unions over 11 staff sacked for refusing to sign contracts. www.argos.co.uk
Transsexuals have won new rights following a ruling by an employment tribunal. A male-to-female transsexual won her case against West Yorkshire Police after her application to join the force was rejected. The police argued she would not be able to do the job because she was legally male and therefore unable to search female detainees.
Don't miss out!
Don't miss an opportunity to attend the fifth Employers' Law briefing in association with Allen & Overy. This one-day conference, held on 5 December 2002 at the British Library, London, will focus on 'managing incapacity', approaching the challenges from legal, occupational health a