Employment Memo

 CHAPTER 20  Health and safety 

Employers have a number of duties in relation to health and safety at work. These are drawn from three areas of law. Under the common law, the employer owes duties in both tort (i.e. not to commit a civil wrong) and contract to employees and others. There are also extensive statutory duties to ensure the health and safety of their workers while at work and others affected by their activities; these comprise a general duty (Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (

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