Top 10 HR questions – April 2010

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April’s most popular HR questions have been dominated by the new legislation introduced on 6 April, and by worries about employees not being able to get into work, presumably caused by the threatened rail strike at the beginning of the month as well as the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash.

So the top ten frequently asked questions for the month include questions on additional paternity leave, the right to make a request in relation to training, and fit notes, as well as questions on whether or not an employee who doesn’t attend work due to travel disruption should be paid.

  1. What should an employer do if it receives a fit note saying that an employee “may be fit for work taking account of the following advice”?
  2. Which employees qualify for additional paternity leave?
  3. Is an employer obliged to comply with the advice on a fit note?
  4. Are employees entitled to be paid during additional paternity leave?
  5. What further advice should doctors include on a fit note where they tick the “may be fit for work taking account of the following advice” option?
  6. Is an employer required to pay employees who arrive late or do not arrive at all due to disruptions to public transport?
  7. Can an employer refuse a statutory request in relation to study or training?
  8. If an employer closes its business because disrupted public transport prevents employees from attending work does it have to pay its employees?
  9. How should an employer respond to a statutory request in relation to study or training?
  10. Who has the statutory right to make a request in relation to study or training?

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