Health Issues

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Practical tips on how to manage sickness absence

Managing sickness absence can be a thankless task for any manager or HR professional.  This article gives practical tips based on our experience as a team advising on these issues. Adopt a consistent approach to return to work interviews Most...

Corporate Manslaughter Act: Five years on

It was with great anticipation that the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into effect in April 2008.  Despite the fanfare and publicity, there have only been three successful corporate manslaughter prosecutions under the Act to...

EAT ruling on carry over of holiday pay gives employers greater certainty

The relationship between workers’ rights, their holiday and how those rights are affected by sickness absence has been a much debated subject in recent years.  A particular issue has been to what extent a worker on long-term sick leave, who has...

Auntie considers whether obesity falls within the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010

Dear Auntie, I am an HR manager and we have an employee who can be medically described as obese. This employee has a poor sickness record and has been absent from work due to various conditions including asthma, depression, a bad back and chronic fatigue...

Why have an anti-bullying and harassment policy?

Bullying and harassment at work give rise to a number of legal issues for employers. If employers do not take adequate steps to ensure that the work-place is free from bullying and harassment, in addition to the impact of low employee morale on efficiency/...

Top Tips for handling the impact of adverse weather conditions on your business

It’s the season for heavy downpours, blustery gusts, snow showers and frosty mornings, all of which are nothing more than we would expect of our weather at this time of year. However in recent times we have started to see the elements around us...

Auntie looks at the carry-over of annual leave due to sickness and maternity leave

Dear Auntie, I am a HR Manager and am unsure of what the law currently prescribes in relation to the carrying over of annual leave that remains untaken at the end of the year due to sickness or maternity leave. Our current company policy dictates that a...

Top Tips for a Claim Free Christmas

Over the past few years a number of clients have faced complaints from employees about colleagues’ unguarded behaviour at staff Christmas parties. You don’t want a discrimination claim brought against you as well as having a hangover, but at the...

Top Tips on the legality of drug and alcohol testing

In July the drug and alcohol screening firm, Concateno, published a report in which it revealed that the number of workers testing positive for drug or alcohol use rose by 50% between 2007 and 2011. In the wake of this report we have had an increasing amount...

Depression and the workplace - when working longer hours can damage your health

A new study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the University College London has concluded that employees who work more than 11 hours a day are twice as likely to suffer from major depression as those working regular 8 hour days.  That...
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