Stress

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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...

Sexual harassment in the workplace

Whilst some of us might have been under the impression that sexual harassment in the workplace is a thing of the past, the recent high profile and controversial case of the Sky TV presenters reminds us that, at least in some workplaces, sexual harassment is...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...

Top tips on managing long term sickness issues

Employees' absence can take many different forms, but often the most difficult to manage is long term sickness absence, as it can raise complex legal and management conundrums. Here are our top tips for dealing with these tricky situations: ...

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...

Prepare to get fit

Dear Auntie My company current requires employees to obtain a sick note from a doctor when they are unwell for over seven days in order to get sick pay.  I understand that doctor’s sick notes are going to be replaced by a “fit...

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...

There's no easy redress when employees suffer from stress

Dear Auntie I am concerned about an issue with one of our employees who seems quite stressed by her workload and various management issues. Recently, one of my colleagues in HR found the employee crying in the toilets.  She was complaining that...

She who laughs last... Helen Green v Deutsche Bank

Bullying in the workplace has again made it to the headlines.  The Helen Green v Deutsche Bank case filled newspaper columns last month splashing Helen Green’s £800,000 damages award all over the front pages. Taken in conjunction with a...

Keeping a finger on blood pressure levels : Managing stress at work

The Health & Safety Executive (“HSE”) estimates that in the UK about half a million people experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill, up to 5 million people in the UK feel “very” or...

Workplace bullying - if they can't stand the heat, who gets out of the kitchen?

I am the Company Secretary for a small local chain of restaurants and, unfortunately, have responsibility for HR matters. One of our Restaurant Managers has informally complained to me that he is being bullied by the Head Chef in the same restaurant. The...

HRLAW Absenteeism Survey - the results

Have you ever heard the one about the employee who claimed her persistent lateness for work was due to her hair taking too long to dry? What about the one who could not attend work because he had locked himself out of his house wearing only his underpants...

Top Tips for drafting PHI provisions

Many employers provide their employees with permanent health insurance as a standard benefit without realising the potential consequences for them. For example, it is common for employers to assume that their obligations extend no further than ensuring that...