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Are you still displaying an old health and safety poster? Employers that display the 1999 poster or provide the 1999 leaflet have until 5 April 2014 to display or provide the new 2009 poster or leaflet. Northern Ireland employers have until 15 June 2014.Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations to display the approved health and safety poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet. You can download the 2009 version of the poster at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.m
Many drivers face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to update their photo-card driving licences, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
It started issuing photo-card licences 15 years ago and more than 30 million drivers now have one.These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence.
However, two million drivers have failed to do this. And this means they could be fined up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police, who then discover that the photo and licence is out of date. Even failing to notify the DVLA that you have changed address could be costly.
Checking your licence
Photo-card driving licences are set to become mandatory in 2015, when new paper licences are officially phased out.
Victoria Ford from the DVLA believes the reasons for updating the photograph on your licence are clear. "Appearances can change and it is important that photo-card licences are updated every 10 years to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently," she says.
If you change your address or name, you have to tell the DVLA, so that your driving licence and car registration details can be updated. Towards the bottom of the card, you will find the address the authorities have for you. Normally the cost of renewing a licence is £20 but if you are merely updating your address, your new licence will be free.
Lack of knowledge
Research from LV Car Insurance shows that nearly a fifth of drivers they interviewed had no idea when their licence would run out, even though the expiry date is clearly shown on the front of the licence.
One in 10 admitted they had not renewed their licence for more than 10 years.
The DVLA says that it sends letters to drivers whose licences are about to expire, but it is concerned that not everyone will check, so its important to keep up to date on renewing your licence to avoid any hefty fines.
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It seems LJM Insurance is leading the way in The Insurance industry’s bid to double the number of apprentices which was officially launched by high-profile figures from the sector at an event hosted by the Chartered Insurance Institute this morning.
The apprenticeship scheme, which has been kick-started in response to the government's insurance growth action plan, was heralded at the CII's Aldermanbury headquarters by the institute, the Association of British Insurers, the British Insurance Brokers' Association, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock MP, and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
The insurance scheme was launched at start of National Apprenticeships: "National Apprenticeships Week aims to showcase the diversity and value of apprenticeship qualifications so I'm pleased to be able to launch this initiative from one of our most important industries. It demonstrates how apprenticeships have an important role to play in every sector of the economy, including ones which might not traditionally have employed apprentices.
"Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for thousands of young people to earn while they learn; gaining a valuable qualification and experience of work in an industry."
At LJM we have recruited four apprentices in the last few years and see this trend continuing with the business model we have in place. We’re therefore delighted that the industry as a whole now appreciates the value of apprentices.