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  • Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

    8 May 2017

    A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance of returning to work, and reduce the risk of employers facing disability discrimination or unfair dismissal claims. How should employers formulate their long-term sickness absence policy?

  • Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

    4 May 2017

    Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face. We take you step by step through what a typical short-term sickness absence policy should contain.

  • Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

    16 January 2017

    With large parts of the UK having experienced heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of severe weather conditions.

  • Six common summer employment issues

    19 July 2016

    With high temperatures possible during the summer months, we explore some employment law scenarios employers may have to deal with.

  • How to reassure staff after the Brexit vote

    6 July 2016

    There's no doubt that the Brexit vote sent shockwaves through workplaces across the UK, whichever side staff voted. Some employers have emailed workers to offer reassurance, but is this the best or only way to support staff during this period of uncertainty?

  • Southern rail dispute: suspected unofficial industrial action and how to deal with it

    5 July 2016

    The CEO of Southern Railway has blamed train cancellations and overcrowded trains on unofficial industrial action. With 350 trains set to be axed from the timetable, Tom Kerr-Williams looks at the difficult choices facing employers when there is a spike in sickness absence during a dispute with workers.

  • Employers' guide to Euro 2016: six ways to avoid an own goal

    26 May 2016

    The 2016 UEFA football European championships - Euro 2016 - start on 10 June, with 51 matches due to be played in France over the course of a month. With some matches taking place during or close to many employees' normal working hours, employers need to plan ahead to minimise potential disruption.

  • Four steps in dealing with sickness absence

    14 April 2016

    How does HR manage employees whose absence patterns or other evidence suggest they are malingerers? We look at recent legal cases and provide four steps that employers can take to deal with the problem.

  • Legal opinion: When can sickness absence be treated as a conduct issue?

    8 October 2013

    An employee's absence from work due to illness or injury is usually not their fault. However, there can be situations where the circumstances that caused the illness were within the employee's control, in which case the employer may be entitled to treat any further absence as a conduct issue. Jesse Turner, senior solicitor in the employment, pensions and benefits team at Brodies LLP, explains.

  • Employment law myths: dismissal

    28 August 2012

    Martha Arnold of Osborne Clarke concludes a series of articles on employment law myths with a look at some myths around dismissal.

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