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Zee Hussain: Employee complaints during a heatwave – and how to deal with them

The current heatwave has resulted in a rise in complaints amongst staff about working conditions. Do they have a point? Zee Hussain, Partner and Head of the Employment at Colemans-ctts, offers some guidance to employers on employee rights during soaring temperatures, in the form of responses to some of the most common employee complaints.

Absence management for HR staff in the public sector may be an easier task than for those working for private businesses, it has been suggested. According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), public sector employees are less likely to “throw a sickie” but are more inclined to work while they are unwell. The group’s report…

People off work sick will get the support they need to get back to work earlier, as new guidance is launched this week. The introduction of the fit note, in place of the traditional sick note, is set to cut the cost of sick leave for employers. It is expected to benefit the British economy…

Workplaces in the UK are being encouraged to make sure their approach to health and safety is flexible when looking to manage staff who may have underlying health conditions. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) urged such action after it revealed that some employees may be being excluded from the workplace when health…

East Sussex County Council has introduced a new absence management service which commences today (October 1st). The council has employed the services of FirstCare to provide the day one absence management initiative led by nurses, which will cover some 3,000 members of staff, including those in the departments of children’s services, chief executive and adult…

An increasing number of employers are using coaching for their training and development, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows. The finding comes despite tighter training budgets and was not expected because of the current economic climate, the organisation claims. The majority of coaching is for leadership development and performance…

A recent recommendation that the NHS should cut its workforce by ten per cent – which could result in an increase in redundancies – has been branded “political suicide” by one sector commentator. The recommendations were made in a recent McKinsey report, however, the Department of Health said that the government does not believe that…

Maintaining a healthy workforce is a more pressing issue to many UK small businesses than combating environmental waste, a new report has found. The study, commissioned by the UK200 group for the Forum of Private Business, revealed that although 80 per cent of such firms believed protecting the environment was a priority, only around a…

Sickness among employees in the workplace may escalate if plans to replace the traditional ‘sick note’ with a well note’ are given the go-ahead, it has been suggested. Thompsons Solicitors claims that the proposals from the Department for Work and Pensions could see employees returning to work while not in a fit state, following a…

An employee of the Tate Modern art gallery in London is to sue the institution for compensation over occupational health claims. Elizabeth Andrews, who was a gallery supervisor, has alleged that she was moved to a cold area to carry out her duties, which exasperated a back problem and Crohn’s disease. At an employment tribunal,…

A degree of common sense is needed from employers in order to maintain health at work during the current heat wave, it has been suggested. According to a spokesperson from the Institute For Employment Studies (IES), to ensure people are working efficiently and effectively, they need to be comfortable within the bounds of health and…