The top HR stories you may have missed this week

Listed below are the biggest stories you may have missed this week.

National Sickie Day: how many of your staff are in?

We started the week with National Sickie Day, the first Monday of February when your staff is most likely to call in sick.

Numerous reasons have been given to this day being a hotbed for employees pulling a sickie, such as it being the first payday following Christmas and so employees have been out at the weekend partying. Also as January is a month when a large number of workers apply for new jobs, people may be taking this day off to attend an interview.

World Cancer Awareness Day: worst things said to employees

“We may have to let you go as you are no longer able to carry out your duties.” One of the statements workers revealed their employer told them once they informed them of their diagnosis.  The worst comments heard by employees were collated by RedArc for World Cancer Awareness Day (04/02/20).

Is the ‘duty of care’ just words?

UK offices seem to have a poor record when it comes to their employees suffering from an illness, from cancer to asthma as the “duty of care” seems to be just empty words.

Time to Talk Day: speak to your employees regarding mental health

It was Time to Talk Day on the 6/2/20, when employees are encouraged to speak openly about any issues they may be going through in order to put an end to the social stigma of speaking about mental health.

The day is an initiative put forward from Time to Change, a mental health charity. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that 25 per cent are affected by mental health problems and 57 per cent suffer from stress, anxiety or depression.

House of Lords launch IR35 inquiry alongside Government review

A House of Lords committee has launched an inquiry in to the extension of IR35 to the private sector, which comes a month after the Government announced its review of the legislation.

The Finance Bill Sub-Committee which was announced on the 04/2/20, has a specific focus on the extension of off-payroll working rules, and invites contributions to its inquiry before the 25th February.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.