Question of the week

Can An Employee Take Their Paid Annual Holiday While On Sick Leave?
28 May 2013 - Here at the BWF, we get frequent helpline enquiries from members relating to the question of whether workers who are off sick are able to claim their annual leave. Current guidelines are as follows. Read more...Question of the Week*
CE Marking, your questions answered
28 May 2013 - With CE marking just over a month away, BWF technical manager Kevin Underwood answers some FAQs on the subject. Read more...Question of the Week*
What Should I Do If A Worker Quits On The Spot?
15 May 2013 - Having someone walk out or resign on the spot is never convenient, but handling it the wrong thing can be particularly costly, as verbal resignations can be easily misinterpreted, especially those which take place in the heat of an argument. Read more...Question of the Week*
What is the current National Minimum Wage and when will it change?
15 April 2013 - Failing to pay employees the relevant minimum wage rate could result in penalties from HMRC or a claim in a tribunal from the worker. Workers are entitled to the minimum wage, even if they have accepted a contract agreeing to be paid at a lower rate. Read more...Question of the Week*
What is the minimum temperature allowed in the work place?
8 January 2013 - Many of you will be returning to work after the winter shutdown, and with workshops and offices having lain dormant for the festive period, there will no doubt be a few comments across the country regarding heating arrangements. Read more...Question of the Week*
When Should I Check My Woodworking Machinery?
6 December 2012 - For the majority of woodworking machinery, there is a clear risk of injury if the equipment is not kept in good working order. The cost of workplace injuries involving such equipment can be devastating in both financial and personal terms Read more...Question of the Week*
How can we show that low level glazing in a dwelling provides the necessary level of protection against falling?
14 November 2012 - BWF technical manager Kevin Underwood provides answers to the questions you ask. This week he tackles the issue of low level glazing Read more...Question of the Week*
How can I reduce the noise from my woodworking machines to safe levels?
13 November 2012 - Employers have a duty under the Control of Noise At Work Regulations to carry out an assessment of the noise levels in the working area and identify any employees who are likely to be exposed to noise levels high enough to cause hearing damage Read more...Question of the Week*
Does the law require me to get my Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) examined and tested?
26 October 2012 - With the HSE charging businesses £124/hour if a breach in the law is uncovered, it is essential that joinery businesses can demonstrate their compliance with the rules on wood dust extraction. Read more...Question of the Week*
What should I pay an employee who has been laid off?
11 October 2012 - As the economic malaise continues, employers in the woodworking and joinery industry may be finding they do not have enough work for their employees, but would prefer to lay-off staff rather than start a compulsory redundancy programme. Read more...Question of the Week*
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