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Energy Act 2013

Section 104: Duty not to charge employees for certain things

476.This section creates an offence for an employer to impose a charge on an employee for anything done or provided for the purposes of a specific requirement of a relevant provision (as defined in section 102(5))(b)). For example, an employer would be committing an offence if they charged employees for specific nuclear safety personal protective equipment required under nuclear regulations or for security vetting required under relevant statutory provisions.

477.Similar provision already exists in section 9 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to requirements imposed by or under the relevant statutory provisions of that Act. The duties under that section already apply in relation to many duties that the ONR will be responsible for enforcing under the Act (including provisions of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 and regulations relating to the carriage of radioactive materials). Replicating this provision in the Act ensures that the regulatory framework is not changed when functions are transferred from the Health and Safety Executive to the ONR.

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