Tags: Absence

Flexible working benefits employers, expert claims

An expert has added her voice to the growing calls for the extension of flexible working rights and stressed that such arrangements can bring tangible benefits to both employers and staff. Gill Trevelyan, head of good practice services at advisory body Acas, explained that flexible working can have a positive impact on relations between bosses…

January sees record high of sickness absence

It appears that the first couple of weeks of January 2011 have been the busiest time for employees to call in sick, warns the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). According to the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency, levels of seasonal flu may be starting to peak in England, Wales and Scotland*. Furthermore,…

More than 700 Scottish companies had to shut up shop for up to three weeks last winter after water from burst pipes left offices and workplaces unfit for business. Plummeting temperatures left firms counting the cost of burst pipes as water poured into premises after frozen pipes thawed. Business Stream, Scotland’s leading non-domestic water supplier,…

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has hit back at criticism following a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study which showed public sector workers take more sick days. PCS spokesman Richard Simcox insisted that the reason staff at government-funded organisations are absent for an average of three days more than private sector…

A new survey has suggested that public sector firms are planning to cut back on staff benefits and pay packets, as the government prepares to unveil its comprehensive spending review on October 20th 2010. Research from London law firm Eversheds found that more than half of the 150 publicly-funded organisations polled are already in the…

The website Doctors- notestore.com is brazenly selling false versions of the new fit notes which are described as “authentic looking replica doctors sick note or medical certificates. Written on official doctors’ notepaper, with real stamp.” This causes concern because, although the website claims the documents are “for novelty use only”, workers could try to use…

While absence management may be one of the workplace issues HR departments find the most troublesome to their businesses, sickness presence could be just as damaging. Indeed, the Work Foundation has warned that the cost of working while ill could either equal or account for 1.5 times more working hours lost than the cost of…

One in five Brits never considers taking a day off sick even when they’re genuinely ill, according to new research released today by SCA, one of the world’s leading hygiene companies. A fifth of workers (19%) say taking time off to recuperate is not an option, citing colleague and managers reactions as concerns. This is…

Cancer is wreaking havoc on people’s careers with over half (57 per cent) having to give up work or education, change role or change hours as a result of their diagnosis, Macmillan Cancer Support has found. Despite this, more than four out of five cancer patients (80 per cent) are not being warned about the…

An extra bank holiday will be part of the celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Lord Mandelson, President of the Privy Council, announced today. The Government is planning celebrations to mark this historic occasion which include: An additional bank holiday in June 2012: The holiday will involve moving the late May Bank…