Tags: Sick

What measures should HR be taking on Ebola?

Kate Brearley, head of employment at international law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP, comments on what measures employers and HR teams should consider taking regarding Ebola: “With the international spread of the Ebola virus in the news and prompting health professionals to test procedures to deal with a UK outbreak, employers should be assessing their own…

Depressed employee sues company for deducting sick pay

A mother-of-two, who became depressed when her husband announced he was gay, has successfully sued her employers for refusing her sick pay during her time off work with depression. Olga Gofmane, a manager of one of Holland and Barrett’s branches, was signed off work by her doctor, but she received wages of just £1.50 a…

Outbreak risk from rise of ‘workers-flu’

More than one in three people fear new strains of flu and a possible outbreak of the virus, new research reveals. A study by The Co-operative Pharmacy* has highlighted that workers would contribute to the spread of any flu outbreak by going to work ill and still can’t recognise all of its symptoms. Men would…

672 DWP employees fired for too many sick days

More than 600 staff were dismissed from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) last year for their poor work attendance according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. Official statistics obtained by video conferencing firm, LifeSize, reveal that 672 people were sacked for “unsatisfactory attendance” and 54 were disciplined for “unauthorised absence”.…

Disability tests ‘sending sick and disabled back to work’

People deemed too sick or disabled to work are being refused their benefits because the current assessment is inadequate, according to the expert appointed to review it. Prof Malcolm Harrington, the government appointed adviser on testing welfare claimants, admitted the work fitness test was “patchy”. He said that as a result of the flaws in…