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Here we answer a reader's question on the legal implications of working alone.

Q: I was just informed on another forum that legally you had to have two staff on duty at all times in retail. Seems strange. How then does this work if you are a sole trader and have a small shop with only you in it? 

A: It will often be safe to work alone. However, the law requires employers to think about and deal with any health and safety risks before people are allowed to do so.

Authors: Jayne Harrison

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