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Enterprise Act: An Act of treachery

The change to death in the workplace legislation is an underhand act of government that sets back the UK by centuries, says James McNally

1 May 2014

It’s telling that while some legislation is passed with a great deal of pomp and ceremony, others creep through in the dead of the night without even a whimper and make their way
into the statute books as the dirty secret of the government of the day.

Meaningless title

Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act is one such beast. The name should give it away: a meaningless title to hide the most devastating of laws. An Act which few had heard of before the last-minute email campaigns and petitions brought it to the attention of the larger legal fraternity.

As we all now know, section 69 of the new Act repeals section 47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. For an employee, section 47 was the greatest section they never knew existed, enshrining in law a principle which was first established in 1898. Section 47 mea...

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