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Good Employee Induction

Posted on 05 April 2022

If you are recruiting there is a great opportunity to welcome and engage new staff members when they join the organisation.  A good induction will al... Continue reading >

2022 Employment Changes

Posted on 14 December 2021

What to look out for in 2022:   The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage From 6th April 2022, the new hourly rates recommended by the Low... Continue reading >

What is Custom and Practice in Employment?

Posted on 04 November 2021

Custom and practice relates to long standing working arrangements and practices that have become the norm.  These customs and practices may therefore... Continue reading >

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Nov, 2021

At what point should I start reviewing an employee who is off on long term sick?        

Posted by Helen in Absence Management

Ideally, start reviewing long term absence cases and managing them proactively on a monthly basis by holding informal review meetings to see how your member of staff is progressing.   If a Fit Note indicates that the employee is going to be off work for 4 weeks or more and it looks likely that this per...

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Oct, 2019

Using Trigger Points to Manage Short Term Absence        

Posted by Helen in Absence Management

Every organisation should keep good records of employee sickness and monitor this regularly to ensure that good standards of attendance are being achieved.  Return to work interviews are useful as the first step in managing absence, and they should be completed after every period of absence, even if the...

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Aug, 2018

What is the Bradford Factor?        

Posted by Helen in Absence Management

The Bradford factor is a scoring formula used to manage frequent short-term staff absence.  It is a simple tool which highlights any employees who have unacceptable levels of short term absence from work. The Bradford Factor does not identify particular patterns of absence, therefore monitoring will als...

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Jan, 2018

Fit for Work Scheme to be Scrapped        

Posted by Helen in Absence Management

The Government’s national ‘Fit for Work’ occupational health scheme is to be scrapped with effect from 31st March 2018 in England and Wales, and 31st May 2018 in Scotland. The scheme was originally made available nationally in September 2015 to offer impartial advice to employers, and occupational ...

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