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1st February 2016

Tougher sentencing guidelines come into force for health and safety, food hygience and corporate manslaughter offences

New sentencing guidelines for health and safety, food hygiene and corporate manslaughter offences come into force today (February 1, 2016), says CFW health and safety consultant Anthony Acari.

The news comes as a Nottingham care home boss was jailed for manslaughter after an 86-year-old resident, Ivy Atkin, died and was found to be dehydrated, malnourished and with an untreated bed sore at Autumn Grange, Nottingham, in 2012.

BBC News: Nottingham care home boss jailed for manslaughter

For corporate manslaughter offences, the Sentencing Council Guidelines proposed fines are significant and much larger than the majority of those imposed for corporate manslaughter offences since April 2008.

Levels of sentencing for all relevant offences are likely to increase significantly and the turnover of organisations will be used as a determinant of size, and therefore level of punishment.

Read about the sentencing guidelines in full in this article from law firm Eversheds

Sentencing guidelines February 2016:  H&S, food hygiene, corporate manslaughter

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