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  • 17 May 2017
    The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that absence is at an all time low. The rate varies according to sector, country area, employment status and lifestyle issues too. Our article looks at the key headlines of the ONS report which is really fascinating stuff – read our full article to see why a Welsh public sector worker who smokes is likely to be Britain’s sickest employee!

  • 15 May 2017
    Time and again we discuss holidays with our clients, how to calculate them and how to express them. We’re often challenged on why holiday should be expressed in weeks rather than days (‘5.6 weeks’ instead of ‘28 days’) and why bank holidays should be included in overall entitlement rather than separately (‘5.6 weeks including bank holidays’, rather than ’20 days plus bank holidays.’)

  • 7 Apr 2017
    Even if a long term sick employee is no longer entitled to sick pay, they are still clocking up paid holiday entitlement (which will not, contrary to popular belief, be ‘lost’ at the end of the holiday year) and so employers are normally keen to resolve long term sickness one way of the other. The recent case of O'Brien Vs Bolton St Catherine's Academy provides invaluable guidance on how to approach these cases.

  • 5 Apr 2017
    Poor attenders are highly disruptive, drain our patience and dent the morale of other team members who need to cover absentees. Even businesses that pay only SSP are vulnerable, but those with Company Sick Pay are especially so. Our article contains straightforward tips for smaller employers to get to grips with absence issues.

  • 29 Mar 2017
    As most employers are aware employees with less than two years’ continuous employment don’t generally have a right to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. But employers should not rely on this to dismiss without always checking that the reason for the dismissal is not unlawfully discriminatory and/or that the employee’s dismissal would not be “automatically unfair.” Our article examines the '2 year rule' and looks at when 2 years is not actually 2 years....