13 March 2008
Some managers 'unaware of implications of new corporate manslaughter laws'
A significant number of care home managers and owners are unaware of the implications of impending changes to the law concerning corporate manslaughter, new research suggests.
According to a study conducted by Gold Direct, four out of five such business people did not know when the new act comes into effect, with two in five reporting they are completely unfamiliar with the act's content, Insurance Daily reports.
In addition, less than ten per cent of the 100 owners and managers surveyed knew that, under the regulations, unlimited fines can be imposed.
Rosemary Bellin of Gold Direct stated that the findings clearly show a profound lack of understanding concerning the new laws.
Recently, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) spoke out about the potential ramifications of the new legislation, which is due to come into effect in April.
It stated that the possible sanctions for firms include court-ordered publicity, substantial fines, far-reaching improvement orders and, in the worst case scenarios, suspension of all or part of the board of directors.