In November 2015 the Sentencing Council unveiled new guidelines for fines in relation to the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 because existing sanctions were felt to be too low to act as a deterrent.
Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act:
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.
Changes to the act mean that any sentencing that takes place on or after 1st February 2016 (regardless of when the offence took place) will mean that companies could be subject to fines as below :
- Large companies with a turnover of more than £50 million: up to £20 million for corporate manslaughter and up to £10 million for a breach of health and safety regulations.
- Medium-sized organisations with a turnover between £10 million and £50 million: up to £7.5 million for corporate manslaughter and up to £4 million for health and safety offences.
- Small organisations with a turnover of £2 million – £10 million: up to £2.8 million for corporate manslaughter and up to £1.6 million for health and safety breaches.
- Micro-organisations with a turnover of less than £2 million: up to £800,000 for corporate manslaughter and up to £450,000 for health and safety breaches.
For full details on this legislation please see: