Directors’ Duties – Health and Safety Issues

Fri 06 Jun 2014

Directors’ accountability for health and safety has now been enhanced by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (CMA) and Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006.

Both Acts now impose a duty on directors to consider and promote the interests and wellbeing of their employees.

Under the previous Companies Act and common law, company directors were required to act in a way that they believed was in the interests of their company and its shareholders, both current and future, as a whole. There was also a separate legal requirement for directors to have regard to the interests of employees in general.

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