Wednesday 5 June 2013 2:00pm BST
Employers have to expect a certain amount of staff sickness absence and many implement initiatives to keep such leave to a minimum. However, when employees suffer from conditions that can mean many weeks or months More...17 May 2013 12:54
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe recently announced to an all-parliamentary group on cannabis that mandatory drug testing should be introduced for millions of workers .
His rationale was that drug testing and the fear of los More...18 February 2013 17:37
Proposals for dealing with drug driving in the same way as drink driving have implications for employers, including safety, policies and insurance, writes Mark Burrup.
If the Crime, Communications and Court Bill being considered by Parliament More...01 January 2013 09:00
Over recent decades, as the UK economy has shifted from manufacturing to service industries so the traditional workplace illnesses have shifted from physical injuries to stress-related injuries. Society and employers have become more aware of, and sympa More...04 December 2012 15:48
Should employers support employee health beyond simply managing absence? Welfare reform and the sickness absence review have placed employers right in the centre of managing absence. What impact can health benefits have on this, asks Emma Page? Acco More...08 October 2012 09:38
Nearly one million UK employees have drugs in their system at work, research by drug-screening firm Concateno has concluded.
The report, High society: drug prevalence in the UK workplace , analysed the results of more than 1.6 million workplace dru More...31 July 2012 10:00
A new method of managing alcohol-related issues at work provides employers with a set of tools to address the drinking habits of its workforce proactively and minimise the costs of any knock-on effects. Dr John McMahon explains.
News reports continu More...01 June 2012 09:00
A drug testing procedure can help employers to maintain a safe workplace. John Wilson of Concateno, a drug and alcohol testing company, outlines the areas to consider when implementing such a policy.
Drug testing is often a sensitive issue More...01 June 2012 09:00
Just one-fifth of FTSE 250 companies have explicit alcohol-at-work policies in place, with lost productivity and absenteeism due to alcohol costing the economy approximately 14 million working days and £6.4 billion per year, an alcohol charity has warne More...28 February 2012 11:00
Introduced to considerable fanfare last year, fit notes were intended to reduce the number of people on long-term sickness absence and to help employers identify areas where convalescing employees may still be able to contribute at work.
They More...02 March 2011 16:54
With Christmas only three weeks away, Personnel Today and XpertHR present a seasonal feast of employment related questions, case studies and advice on everything from managing the office Christmas party to employing seasonal temps...
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One of my male employees was seen drinking vodka in the office toilets. He's since admitted to me that he has a drinking problem. How should I handle the situation? Can I sack him, or should I support him? This question raises both legal and practica More...19 November 2010 10:18
Figures from the charity Mind suggest that one in four people in the UK is diagnosed with a mental illness at some time in their life. This may not seem to be a core concern for HR, but workplace stress can lead to serious and long-term mental hea More...08 October 2010 13:16
The Government yesterday confirmed that the main provisions of the Equality Act 2010 will come into force on 1 October 2010, and has made transitional provisions concerning discriminatory acts occurring before 1 October. On 1 October, the elements o More...22 September 2010 13:20
The government must provide clear guidance on the legality of drug testing in the workplace to prevent employers being "seduced" by testing companies, according to the TUC.
The union body, which has produced its own guidance for employers , said th More...28 May 2010 00:01
Temporary workers in swine flu call centres have been diagnosing patients while under the influence of cannabis and alcohol, a former worker has claimed.
Ashleigh Venus, an 18-year-old who started work at a call centre in the north of England after More...12 January 2010 15:17
With the festive season almost upon us, Graham Johnson takes a timely look at dealing with drug and alcohol misuse, tests and policies in the workplace.
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Cocaine is still widely used among City workers following the credit crunch, it has emerged.
Leading doctors involved in the treatment of drug-abusing professionals told the Financial Times that the number of bankers coming to him for treatment h More...28 October 2009 09:21
Health firm Bupa has launched a new hair analysis test that, it says, can tell if an employee has taken drugs up to three months previously. The move comes amid growing controversy over the use of drug tests at work, with reports of employers increas More...30 June 2009 12:13
It seems employers are using drug tests to sack staff without notice – a risky practice. The charity Release recently claimed there has been a marked increase in employees being tested for drugs at work and that increased dismissals are being More...10 June 2009 13:37