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May
12
2010

Overtime linked to heart disease
#Employment

A study of published online in the European Heart Journal has found that people regularly working 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds....

May
12
2010

Promoting health and wellbeing linked to increased shareholder return
#Employment

Research commissioned by the charity, Business in the Community (BITC), of FTSE 100 employers has identified enhanced financial performance for companies that strategically manage their employees` health and wellbeing. The research highlights the business benefits for employers who take a proactive approach to the prevention of illness and promotion of health and wellbeing in their work places. These benefits range from higher employee engagement, reduced absence and attrition rates, higher productivity, better retention and recruitment, as well as reputational benefits for the company and enhanced brand image....

May
12
2010

Is it better to embrace football fever in the workplace or not?
#Employment

The world cup is fast approaching and with it comes the inevitable sickies. So how should employers deal with it?...

May
10
2010

The new "fit note"
#Employment

For years employers have had to contend with vague and often illegible sick notes from GPs saying that their employee is suffering from "stress" or "neck pain". The employee was often signed off for 2 or 3 weeks and there was very little an employer could do about it. All this has changed with the introduction of the Statement of Fitness for Work, or "fit notes", introduced on 6 April 2010....

May
07
2010

BA employee alleges he was sacked for taking time out for union activities
#Employment

Duncan Holley, a secretary of a branch of Unite, alleges that he was summarily dismissed by BA because he took time off work before Christmas to carry out union duties....

May
07
2010

Dealing with stress in the workplace
#Employment

A study out today states that stress at work raises the risk of heart disease for women under 50. The British Heart Foundation encourages employees and employers alike to tackle stress in the workplace....

May
07
2010

You can choose your friends, but you can`t choose your family!
#Employment

Kashif Tariq, was described as his barrister as a "professional" civil servant "who is highly regarded by his peers and supervisors and who has an impeccable employment record". Yet he was suspended by his employer, the Home Office, not because of any suspected wrongdoing on his part per se, but because he is the cousin of Tanvir Hussain, who was found guilty of plotting to blow up trans-Atlantic airlines....

May
07
2010

Retirement policy for football referees falls foul of the Age Regulations
#Employment

In Martin and others v Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, an employment tribunal has found that a policy of retiring football assistant referees at age 48 constitutes direct age discrimination that cannot be justified. Age discrimination is unique amongst other forms of discrimination because direct age discrimination is permitted if it can be justified....

May
05
2010

When is gross misconduct not gross misconduct?
#Employment

In Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust v Westwood the EAT has held that even where an employer`s disciplinary policy provides that certain conduct is gross misconduct, dismissal for such conduct is not always fair....

May
04
2010

Grievance hearings v Disciplinary Hearings
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v Marshall and another EAT/0488/09 that it will only be in rare circumstances that it is unfair to dismiss an employee after a disciplinary hearing prior to holding a related grievance appeal hearing....

Apr
29
2010

Relating religious doctrine to modern society
#Employment

The Relate counsellor who was dismissed for refusing to give sex therapy to gay couples has today been refused permission to appeal the decision of the EAT which held that his dismissal was neither religious discrimination nor unfair....

Apr
23
2010

Simply Whistleblowing
#Employment

It has been established in the case of Goode v Marks & Spencer that an expression of an employer`s opinion about a proposal, after consultation, does not amount to a qualifying disclosure....

Apr
23
2010

Disciplinary v Grievance
#Employment

ACAS provides guidance on disciplinary and grievance procedures, which can be found on their website www.acas.org.uk However, what happens when the two procedures run in tandem with each other? Is an employer to conclude one procedure before making a decision on the other?...

Apr
19
2010

Volcanic Ash - a good reason for an extended holiday?
#Employment

Lots of people are currently enjoying an extended holiday thanks to the effect volcanic ash has had on flights in and out of the country. However, the problem raises various issues for employers regarding holiday and pay....

Apr
14
2010

Or perhaps yellow is your colour? The Lib Dems Employment Pledges
#Employment

Following on from yesterdays blog, the Liberal Democrats have now set out their 2010 election manifesto....

Apr
13
2010

Red or Blue? You decide.
#Employment

Over the past two days, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have published their manifestos, containing the pledges they promise to make if their party is voted into power following the genral election on 6 May 2010....

Apr
07
2010

BA accused of "union busting" by academics
#Employment

The withdrawal of valuable travel perks by BA for striking cabin crew and the hard hitting comments of Chief Executive Willie Walsh that once lost, they will never be restored, serve to confirm that the current industrial dispute appears to be rather different from previous disputes involving BA staff, including cabin crew. A group of 95 academics say in a letter to the Guardian that Willie Walsh`s actions and comments can only be explained as an attempt to "break" the union, something which BA strongly denies. UNITE say BA are victimising strikers for taking part in lawful industrial action and that they are taking legal advice, not for the first time in this dispute....

Apr
07
2010

Employers must consider whether Jobcentre vacancies can be advertised as available for flexible or part-time working
#Employment

The Government has released its response to the Family Friendly Taskforce report, which was published last month, noting that employers need more help realising the benefits of flexible working to their business....

Apr
07
2010

Christian Nurse refusing to remove crucifix at work loses discrimination claim
#Employment

A Christian nurse, who was moved to a desk job after refusing to remove her crucifix while at work, has lost her discrimination claim....

Apr
07
2010

Will fit notes reduce absence levels in the workplace?
#Employment

Only 22% of employers believe that the introduction of Statements of Fitness for Work, commonly known as "Fit Notes", will reduce levels of absence in their workplace. This was the finding of a survey of 1,400 private and public sector employers conducted by Kronos, the workforce management consultancy....

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