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  • HR talking point: Expansion of healthcare professionals who can certify fit notes

    Date:
    6 July 2022

    The expansion of the group of healthcare professionals who can now issue fit notes can have a positive impact on employers' sickness absence management procedures, writes XpertHR principal employment law editor Stephen Simpson.

  • Travel disruption: Employers' questions answered

    Date:
    16 June 2022

    Nationwide industrial action on the railways planned over the summer will effectively shut down the rail network and cause travel disruption for millions of employees. Meanwhile, staff shortages and disruption at ports and airports are expected to continue meaning employees may also face delays returning from annual leave. Stephen Simpson answers five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of travel disruption.

  • Hybrid working and sickness absence management: Practical tips for employers

    Date:
    31 May 2022

    Employers that are operating under a hybrid working model must ensure that their sickness absence management procedures sit comfortably alongside their new working arrangements. We set out five steps that hybrid working organisations can take to ensure that sickness absence management continues to be effective.

  • Monkeypox advice for employers: Working from home and sick pay

    Date:
    26 May 2022

    As the number of monkeypox cases in the UK rises, employers have been advised to conduct risk assessments and ensure they follow standard sickness procedures if a worker becomes infected. Ashleigh Webber pulls together advice for employers whose staff may be infected or at risk of infection with monkeypox.

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee holiday: Issues for employers

    Date:
    9 May 2022

    In 2022, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June and there is an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June, creating a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. What does the long weekend of celebrations across the UK mean for employers?

  • Reducing sick pay for the unvaccinated: Is it a good idea and what are the pitfalls?

    Date:
    21 January 2022

    There have been multiple reports of employers limiting the sick pay entitlement of employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Consultant editor Darren Newman explains the potential risks in terms of contractual entitlements, discrimination and employee relations.

  • Employment law in 2022: Eight action points for HR

    Date:
    3 December 2021

    As well as continuing to deal with workplace issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be many other important employment law developments for HR to grapple with in 2022. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the coming year?

  • Long COVID: Potential scenarios for HR and how to deal with them

    Date:
    20 July 2021

    We set out some possible scenarios that HR professionals may face in relation to long COVID, and explain how they could tackle them.

  • Employers' guide to Euro 2020: Five goals for your workplace

    Date:
    2 June 2021

    Employers should plan ahead to make the most of the positive impact that this large sporting event can have on staff mental health and morale. However, employers also need to take steps to minimise disruption, particularly as a number of games take place during normal office hours and in the early evening.

  • Coronavirus and statutory sick pay

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Consultant editor Darren Newman discusses the changes to the statutory sick pay system brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, and suggests the current crisis may well result in a full review of the system.

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