UK: Bill introduced that creates new offence of corporate manslaughter - individual directors will not be held personally liable

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21 July 2006

Corporate killers will not face jail [UK]

Author: Epolitix

The government has announced its plans for new laws on corporate manslaughter, provoking anger in Scotland where tougher legislation had been urged. New laws which will make it easier for companies to be prosecuted for fatal accidents caused by negligent behaviour were published by ministers in London on Friday...proposals to jail negligent company directors have since been dropped and replaced with a penalty of unlimited fines. Scottish trade unions have criticised the government for not imposing tough enough measures in the new Bill.

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21 July 2006

Corporate killing law to change [UK]

Author: BBC

Long-awaited moves to crack down on corporate manslaughter have been welcomed by MPs. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill has been formally introduced in the Commons. It will create a new offence of corporate manslaughter in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and of corporate homicide in Scotland...The new manslaughter offence would apply to corporations, including public bodies, and introduce unlimited fines if it were found that a death followed a serious failing by senior managers in the organisation of the corporation. However, individual directors would not be personally liable. Efforts to bring corporate manslaughter charges against Balfour Beatty and Network Rail bosses over the Hatfield disaster collapsed last year.

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