HR news and analysis including:
A new Work Foundation investigation into the problem of sickness absence
News of Personnel Today's first social media week
Strike threats at BT
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Noel O'Reilly and Rob Mo More...16 April 2010 17:27
Council workers in England and Wales took on average more than two days off work because of stress last year, costing more than £500m.
Figures published by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed council employees took almost five million da More...16 April 2010 09:08
Four in 10 employees at Axa PPP have reported 'sickness presence' in the workplace - that is, they struggle into work ill rather than take the day off, according to new research.
A study by the Work Foundation based on 510 employees at the medical i More...16 April 2010 08:00
The majority of small and medium sized businesses are wary about hiring new staff following a number of rulings stating that staff on long-term sick leave are entitled to accrue holiday pay, research has revealed. In recent months, two European Court of More...14 April 2010 10:39
For a limited time only, members of Personnel Today Plus can access this fictional case study from XpertHR setting out an employer’s actions on receipt of a fit note. To browse additional samples of XpertHR compliance, good practice and benchma More...30 March 2010 14:37
Public sector staff are more likely to come into work when sick than private sector employees, research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed.
The union said the data raised questions about the government's bid - outlined in Budget 2010 s More...29 March 2010 09:05
Supermarket chain Asda will loosen its rules on flexible working during the World Cup in June and July to reduce the number of 'sickies' being recorded and to enable employees to take time off work and watch key matches.
Under the 'Shift Swap' schem More...26 March 2010 15:45
NHS HR professionals have been told to improve management practices after the health service pledged to save up to £555m by slashing sickness absence.
The cost savings were part of a raft of measures announced just hours after the Budget, including More...26 March 2010 11:13
A system of fit notes describing when employees are ready to return to work comes into effect in April. Daniel Thomas explores the legal pitfalls.
More...25 March 2010 10:33
British Airways (BA) cabin crew who have called in sick since the weekend will be deemed to be supporting the strikes if they are still off when the walkouts start, the airline has warned.
This would allow the firm to take disciplinary action agains More...18 March 2010 09:07
When I published Working for a Healthier Tomorrow , my review for the government into the health of the UK's working-age population, the most pivotal recommendation I made was to introduce the so-called 'fit note'.
On 6 April, the fit note w More...16 March 2010 14:29
More than two-thirds of employers have little or no knowledge of new fit-note legislation, just weeks before it becomes law, research revealed today.
The fit note , which comes into force on 6 April, will ask doctors to tick one of two options rega More...15 March 2010 16:57
Employers must pay staff their full holiday entitlements if they are off sick for more than a year and are unable to take their leave, a tribunal has confirmed.
A Sheffield employment tribunal has ruled that James Rawlings, who was off sick fo More...11 March 2010 15:22
The UK’s only recruitment agency review site has noted a trend in the days that employees are likely to pull a sickie with 34% opting for the Monday and 26% choosing a Friday, the main reason being that they are too hung over to work.
A recent study More...03 March 2010 12:17
Doctors are being urged to give only the most general advice when making workplace recommendations on medical fit notes and should ensure against unwarranted disclosures of patient details. Guidance issued by The Medical and Dental Defence Union of More...26 February 2010 15:18
Sickness absence and holiday: more resources Model policy on sickness during or just before a period of holiday How to deal effectively with sickness that occurs during or just before a period of holiday - a guide Line manage More...24 February 2010 10:32
HR news and analysis including: the latest advice on whether holiday leave can be carried over to the following year when an employee falls sick we analyse the latest UK unemployment figure and in particular the rise in part-time work and, More...19 February 2010 17:17
The first employment tribunal to test paid holiday and sick leave following two major court rulings last year has held that an employee should be allowed to carry over his annual leave entitlement to the next year where he has been too ill to take it. More...17 February 2010 11:32
HR news and analysis including:
Comment on the new fit note from Dame Carol Black and shadow welfare reform minister David Freud
The latest developments in the default retirement age saga.
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Mike Berry.   More...12 February 2010 16:00
The swine flu hotline set up at the height of the pandemic has closed down. The National Pandemic Flu Service, which dispensed drugs to patients in England without the need to see doctors, has stopped running after a sharp decline in the number More...11 February 2010 08:47