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Employers advised to assess how they support stressed staff

Research from Canada Life Group has found that 61% of UK employees that were surveyed felt that 2012 was more stressful than 2011. The prospects for 2013 does look slightly more positive with 30% of the 1,613 people surveyed expecting it to be less stressful than the previous year. However it is more concerning that…

New proposals on sickness absence announced

New Government proposals to help businesses manage sickness absence have been generally welcomed by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In 2011, Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE were commissioned to take a serious look at sickness absence in Britain, and today the Department for Work and Pensions has published its response…

More than one million people on sickness benefits with mental and behavioural disorders

New analysis by Legal & General, using Department for Work and Pensions statistics, has shown that over one million people are claiming benefits because of mental and behavioural disorders, an increase of more than 25% from ten years earlier. Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and Incapacity Benefit (IB) are the government’s sickness benefits that are…

‘Sickies’ cost UK small businesses £3.15 billion each year

Small businesses owners are being encouraged to crack down on staff taking ‘sickies’ after new research revealed that the UK’s ‘sick day’ culture is costing them up to £3.15 billion each year. Research carried out by ClearSky HR estimates that the average small business owner loses up to 40 days of working time each year…

Fall in absence levels could be masking deeper problems in the workplace

As average employee absence falls by almost a day, levels of presenteeism, stress and mental health problems in the workplace rise, finds CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence survey The average level of employee absence has fallen compared with last year from 7.7 days to 6.8 per employee per year, according to this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and…

European Court ruling offers clarification on holiday leave accrued during sickness

Clearer guidance over accruing holiday leave during a period of sickness has been given by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In a recent judgment, the minimum allowance to be carried forward was confirmed as four weeks, as specified by the Working Time Directive (WTD). This must be taken within 15 months, otherwise it is lost. Neidel…

Employers lack focus in managing sickness absence

Employers are failing to get to grips with the issue of sickness absence, with many unaware of current absence levels. The Aon Hewitt Benefits and Trends Survey, which polled 185 employers in the UK, representing a combined workforce of 650,000 employees globally, revealed that employers are missing opportunities both to improve the health of their…

Fit notes improving communication but not absence levels

The introduction of the ‘fit note’ to replace the ‘sick note’ has provided the nudge needed for managers to open up important conversations with their staff and discuss the best way to help get individuals back to work, according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. New findings from the CIPD/Simplyhealth…

Transforming sickness support will boost productivity and the economy

An independent review aimed at reducing the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy is presented to the Government today by health and business experts Dame Carol Black and David Frost. Each year around 11 million employees take sick leave and while most people return to work around 300,000 people go on to…

Experts warn stress is the modern day plague

Stress is now the most common cause of long-term sickness absence from the workplace, according to a new survey. New figures reveal for the first time that stress now causes the majority of serious health problems for both manual and non-manual workers, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have discovered. They also found that…