This April sees a number of employment law changes come into effect that will have an impact on all employers. HR departments should ensure that they update their policies and procedures in accordance with the new laws. Personnel Today sets out More...27 March 2013 11:17
The latest Budget will close a loophole that currently allows businesses to use offshore payroll schemes to dodge £100 million annually in National Insurance payments and denies employee rights such as statutory sick pay and maternity leave.
The dec More...19 March 2013 14:07
Every year brings with it some important new employment legislation for the employer to negotiate. Whether related to unfair dismissal, pensions, employment tribunals or redundancy, 2012 presents new legislation relevant to all organisations, large or s More...20 December 2011 00:01
More than four-fifths (81%) of employers provide sick pay above the statutory entitlement, according to research published by Unum and Personnel Today. Further, two-thirds of organisations said that they continue to pay their employees for up to one More...06 December 2011 10:20
Reforms to statutory sick pay (SSP) could cut the number of people moving onto employment support allowance (ESA) by 43% and save the taxpayer £139 million a year, the thinktank Demos has suggested.
Some 300,000 people a year move through SSP More...29 March 2011 10:11
Reading the reports over the last few weeks that trail the coalition Government's plans for employment law reform, it's tempting to feel sorry for Andy Coulson, the embattled former editor of the News of the World, currently communication More...18 January 2011 10:20
Another outbreak of Swine flu has hit the UK, and is expected to hit employees and employers severely. With significant rise in the number of flu cases , including the H1N1 "swine flu" virus, the focus for everyone – especial More...05 January 2011 09:43
Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and employers need to make sure they comply with the changes to legislation. Warning: This page is no longer updated. It has been More...22 September 2010 15:19
Any legal action against an NHS Trust's plan to refuse annual pay rises to staff who have taken more than 18 days off sick is likely to be unsuccessful unless employment contracts contains specifics about pay, according to law firm Beachcroft.
It e More...16 September 2010 16:52
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
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
Plans to allow employees to sign themselves off sick for up to two weeks at the height of the swine flu pandemic will cover all illnesses, not just flu, the government has confirmed.
In July, Personnel Today revealed the government had drawn up pla More...25 September 2009 09:54
Q Do employees have the right to be told if a colleague has swine flu, or flu symptoms?
Employees do not have the right to be advised if a colleague has swine flu or its symptoms. However, given the highly contagious nature of swine flu, it may be More...31 July 2009 06:01
Q Can an employer insist that someone with swine flu symptoms comes to work?
An employer will be in breach of its common law and statutory duties to ensure the health and safety of its employees and to provide a safe place and system of work by in More...30 July 2009 14:28
Q If an employee has a child at a nursery that is closed due to swine flu, must the employee be given time off if he or she cannot arrange childcare?
Employees have a statutory right to a reasonable period of unpaid time off to care for dependants More...29 July 2009 11:07
Q If an employee has flu symptoms, can the employer insist that he or she is tested for swine flu?
Employers cannot insist that their employees are tested for swine flu. Testing an employee without his or her agreement would constitute a criminal More...28 July 2009 16:51
Q If an employee has flu symptoms, or has been in contact with someone with swine flu, can he or she be instructed not to come to work?
Employers are under a duty to ensure the health and safety of all their employees and to provide a safe place a More...27 July 2009 14:09
In January this year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that a worker on sick leave is also entitled to annual leave, but that member states could have rules that required or enabled the annual leave to be taken during sick leave. The decis More...17 June 2009 15:55
Workers can accrue holiday pay while on sick leave, the House of Lords has ruled.
In the final judgment in Stringer v HMRC this morning , the House of Lords ruled that workers who are denied holiday pay while on sick leave can claim to an employm More...10 June 2009 12:44
Employers could face additional costs if workplace adjustments are required to allow an early return to work under the new fit note scheme.
The Reforming Medical Statement consultation opened by the Department of Work and Pensions yesterday, set o More...29 May 2009 11:42