You may well find it daunting to discuss with an employee the reasons for his or her sick absence. You may also think there is nothing you can do about absence and so you just accept it. As a result, you only pay lip service to any policies and concentrate on working around the problem of the missing employee.
Governments play an important role in providing a safety net for those who are unable to work, and in deciding what benefits and income support peopleare entitled to. It has been revealed, however, that Britain is one of the most frugal countries in terms of benefits.
In 2016, employers will begin to feel the impact of the employment law reforms made by the first Conservative government. As such, here are the five most important pieces of legislation that leaders need to keep in mind.
Employers facing lengthy staff sickness absences can now refer employees to the government's Fit for Work health service.
Picture care workers, cleaners and catering staff. These traditional women’s jobs have the unenviable distinction of being three of the lowest paid jobs in the UK – typically well below £10 per hour. And that’s a big problem – particularly in the adult social care sector, where attracting the very best is important to deliver quality of care.
Ben Stepney casts his eye over sick pay reform and discusses the challenges SMEs face when trying to juggle employment law rights for their staff and turning a profit.