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Practice Managers’ Conference proves a roaring success

AT THE start of March, we returned to the fantastic setting of the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews for our eagerly anticipated MDDUS Practice Managers’ Conference.

  • 26 March 2014
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New service aims to manage and reduce sickness absence

A NEW approach to managing sickness absence is due to be introduced in the spring of 2015 through the government’s new Health and Work Service – with some locations having access from this autumn.

  • 26 March 2014
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Tribunal fees to stay for now

UNISON has lost its legal challenge against the introduction of tribunal fees due to a “lack of evidence”.

  • 26 March 2014
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Rehabilitation figures cut for offenders

REHABILITATION periods have been cut for offenders with the introduction of changes that will reduce the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of low level convictions.

  • 26 March 2014
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Review of zero hours

THE government has revealed it has no plans to abolish the use of the controversial zero-hours contracts.

  • 26 March 2014
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Case study: Disciplinary rights

BACKGROUND: The complex world of holidays and sickness is an ever increasing minefield. However, a recent case Sood Enterprises Ltd v Healy helped clarify one aspect of how holiday pay is affected by sick leave.

  • 26 March 2014
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Ask the expert: Time off during the Commonwealth Games

Q. I AM the practice manager at a medium-sized practice in the south side of Glasgow. Many of my reception team have tickets for various events at this summer’s Commonwealth Games and I have received a number of requests for time off during the end of July. However, I cannot accommodate everyone, so how should I deal with this in a fair manner?

  • 26 March 2014
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Don't forget

FROM April 1, the following changes take place:

  • 26 March 2014
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HR Alert: Key changes to TUPE

THERE has been an interesting modification to the TUPE provisions that came into effect on January 31 following a government consultation.

  • 26 March 2014
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Flexible working rights extended

PLANS to extend the right to make a request for flexible working to all employees – after 26 weeks’ service – will now be introduced from June 30 this year.

  • 26 March 2014
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