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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.
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.
Tribunal fees to stay for now
UNISON has lost its legal challenge against the introduction of tribunal fees due to a “lack of evidence”.
Review of zero hours
THE government has revealed it has no plans to abolish the use of the controversial zero-hours contracts.
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.
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?
FROM April 1, the following changes take place:
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.
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.
HR Alert: Rule change on holiday sickness
A RECENT ruling by the European Court of Justice now means that employees who fall sick during a period of annual leave are entitled to take that leave at a later date.