Holidays

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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...

Top tips for avoiding the summer holiday blues

It’s that time of the year again – when the summertime holiday requests keep rolling in, causing some employers a degree of apprehension. You might be worried about having to manage the numerous holiday requests made at the same time, not all of...

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...

Documenting sabbaticals

In the current economic climate, many employers are using career breaks to retain staff but cut costs. The generation “X” demand for more flexibility in their career has also seen a rise in employees seeking to take time off to spend time with...

The Olympic Games 2012: One year to go - are you ready?

Dear Auntie With only one year to go to the London Olympic Games, we need to start planning and getting in shape! The summer holidays always cause a headache for us in the HR team, but we are expecting August 2012 to be even more challenging when the...

School's out for summer

With school holidays in full swing, here are a few tips on leave issues common at this time of year and how best to deal with them… 1. Temporary changes to working hours You may get more requests for temporary changes to working hours over the...

The World (of problems?) Cup

In just a few days time, England kick off their world cup campaign in South Africa.  No doubt, this will lead to fever pitch in work places across the country as staff become increasingly interested in the tournament.  The World Cup can bring great...

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

Dear Auntie At my organisation there is a member of staff (Tim) who has been off work with a bad back for 3 months. My MD wants to dismiss him but, as HR manager, I am worried about doing this. Please could you give me some guidance as to the issues...

'H' is for Holidays

Although when you are lying on the beach, the distinction will feel irrelevant, holidays divide generally into two categories in law: contractual and statutory.  The Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR 1998”) sets down the minimum annual...

Summer is finally over - top tips for dealing with late returns from holiday

After the recent spate of security alerts at airports here and in the US , you may well have had employees returning to work after the date on which they were due back from holiday.  Below are some tips as to how you might deal with this situation. ...
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