Wednesday 18 April 2007

Smoking at Work

The Health Act 2006 means that smoking in all enclosed public spaces and workplaces was outlawed from 2 April 2007 in Wales and will be outlawed from 30 April in Northern Ireland and 1 July 2007 in England.

Acas has produced a first-class Q&A sheet for employers on how to stop staff smoking, containing answers to (amongst others) the following questions:

  • I have been smoking at work for eight years so doesn't that give me a right to continue?
  • Can I claim I suffer from an addiction under the Disability Discrimination Act?
  • How can I get my reluctant workforce to take the new ban seriously?
  • What if customers insist on smoking on my premises?

View the Q&A guide here.

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