Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work
Aug03

Robey’s Blog: Making Sickness Work

Our popular columnist Robey discusses the difficult question of sickness absence and how to handle it. Twice in the last week, from quite separate directions, I’ve fielded identical queries about sickness absence, which is always a sign that perhaps it’s something worth writing about here. In each case, a manager was worried about how to handle a new hire who was taking a lot of time off sick within their first few months of work. ...

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Employment Tribunal fees quashed – what will that mean for gig employers?
Aug03

Employment Tribunal fees quashed – what will that mean for gig employers?

Christina Tolvas-Vincent, Partner, and Karen Plumbley-Jones, Managing Associate (PDL) at law firm Bond Dickinson, discuss whether the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees spells bad news for gig employers. In a momentous decision, the Supreme Court held in R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor that employment tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) fees are unlawful because of their impact on access to justice. In this article, we...

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CIPD Wales releases new events calendar
Aug03

CIPD Wales releases new events calendar

CIPD Wales has just launched their new calendar of events for HR professionals in Wales. You can download the full programme of CIPD Wales events here. CIPD members will already have received a brochure in the post, but the Head of CIPD Wales, Lesley Richards, is keen to stress that the events are open to anyone working at any level within the HR profession, whether or not they are studying for or have a CIPD qualification. There are...

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Housing and debt the biggest financial concern for our employees
Aug03

Housing and debt the biggest financial concern for our employees

Research by Jelf Employee Benefits shows that over 70% of employers believe their staff are distracted by personal financial problems A survey of employers in England and Wales by intermediary Jelf Employee Benefits highlights the damage to work and productivity caused by employees’ personal financial problems. The research, undertaken in the first half of 2017, surveyed more than 300 employers in private, public and third sector...

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How can employers maximise workspace for employee well-being?
Aug03

How can employers maximise workspace for employee well-being?

For most office workers who sit at desks, looking at computer screens for long periods of time and sitting for just as long does not bode well for general health. While all this time is spent sitting at the desk, the worker has no opportunity to exercise, and as a result their general health can suffer. This is met with an environment that is rife with unhealthy foods, such as biscuits in the office or the option of nearby fast food...

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New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report
Aug03

New white paper on presenteeism responds to Aviva Working Lives Report

Absence Management software specialist Activ Absence has produced their response to the 2017 Aviva Working Lives report, which showed that 7 in 10 employees have gone into the office when they were too unwell to do so. Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director for Activ Absence, said: There are many reasons why people go into work sick, ranging from financial problems to over-zealous employers who, in an attempt to curb sickness absence, have...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees
Aug03

IKEA UK championing new ‘1 off in 4’ approach for retail employees

Many retail employees find it hard to strike a good work life balance, because as consumers want longer opening hours, that means staff working long, anti-social hours. However, furniture retailer IKEA UK is attempting to redress the balance and has this week announced that all of its 10,400 retail co-workers are now eligible for at least one weekend off in every four. As one of the first retailers in the UK to introduce this...

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44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan
Aug03

44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan

HR Managers know only too well that good managers prepare and plan for the unexpected.  However, it seems the small to medium businesses they work for ARE expecting a security crisis, but are woefully unprepared. UK employers are aware that security threats are rising, with 44% of them expecting to face some form of attack in the near future. This is the key finding of research commissioned by Arthur J. Gallagher, focused on...

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UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening
Aug03

UK Businesses still taking a ‘tickbox’ approach to recruitment screening

UK businesses are still failing to fully comprehend the risks posed by today’s ever changing recruitment market, despite investment in screening services continuing to rise. Companies UK-wide are still very much adopting a ‘tick box’ approach to employment screening rather than appreciating the full range of benefits on offer within the industry today, despite a trend of organisations across the board investing increasing amounts in...

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Is ‘no dress code’ a stress code? 1/3 of staff ‘feel judged’ on what they wear to work
Aug03

Is ‘no dress code’ a stress code? 1/3 of staff ‘feel judged’ on what they wear to work

Over half (53%) of Brits do not have a uniform at work Trainers and skinny jeans now acceptable in one in five workplaces Over a third of UK workers (36%) feel judged on what they wear Office dress codes are becoming more casual, but the lack of a defined uniform is leading to stress and confusion amongst British workers, a new study has revealed. Personalised clothing retailer Banana Moon spoke to over 2,000 people in full or...

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You’re fired! Why it’s dangerous for employers to follow Donald Trump’s lead
Aug02

You’re fired! Why it’s dangerous for employers to follow Donald Trump’s lead

Employment law specialists Peninsula explain why employers should definitely avoid Donald Trump’s approach to hiring and firing.  Eight tumultuous months into his administration, Donald Trump seems to be shaking up his White House staff again with the ousting of his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the removal of his Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci just 10 days after his appointment in a move that has only...

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1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men
Aug02

1 in 10 employers admits they pay women less than men

  Following recent revelations at the BBC, it seems that the UK has a long way to go in tackling gender pay disparity. A new YouGov survey for the charity, Young Women’s Trust, has revealed that one in ten employers admits to paying women less than men for jobs at the same level. Furthermore, nearly half of those surveyed say that publishing gender pay gaps will not make a difference to pay and a fifth think equal pay will never...

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Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work
Aug02

Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work

Mike James of Planday.com discusses the role and responsibility of employers in dealing with racially abusive employees. The increase in race-hate incidents since the Brexit vote is a worrying trend. A report by the BBC last year illustrated a 41% increase in incidents of racist or religious abuse incidents in the month following the referendum compared to the same month the previous year. Britain enjoys an increasingly diverse...

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ELAS employee shares canine capers to raise money for charity
Aug02

ELAS employee shares canine capers to raise money for charity

Working as a PR Manager for HR advisors ELAS, as well as a long career in journalism in both the US and the UK, means that Miriam Payne is used to being in the headlines. However, she’s normally writing the headlines, rather than being the subject herself! Miriam is a passionate animal lover and since adopting two rescue dogs, Ramsey and Blue, Miriam became acutely aware of the struggle animal charities have to raise funds, so...

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