Updated to reflect the statutory sick pay rate in force from 2 April 2017.
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
The latest XpertHR research looks at how employers are managing long-term sickness absence and their use of the Government's new Fit for Work service.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) reiterated that if sickness prevents a worker from taking annual leave, his or her annual leave can be carried forward into the next holiday year. Bethan Odey summarises the case.
XpertHR's latest survey on absence rates and costs is based on findings from 661 organisations across the UK, and covers more than 1.5 million employees.