Category Archives: Employee Sickness

Ensuring safe working conditions during the winter

As winter sets in employers need to be aware that workers who are exposed to cold, wet or icy conditions may be at risk of sustaining injuries or becoming ill. In the more mild regions of the UK people aren’t … Continue reading

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Fit for Work – health and work advice, health assessments and return to work plans

Sickness absence is a major problem for the UK economy – 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013[i]. It incurs significant costs for employers (e.g. the cost of temporary cover, lost productivity, etc.) … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and work – what support to expect

The Duchess of Cambridge’s second pregnancy, which has seen her afflicted again by a rare and debilitating form of morning sickness (‘hyperemesis gravidarum’), has brought the topic of the potentially incapacitating effects of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy to the … Continue reading

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Fit for Work to tackle long-term absence through advice and occupational health assessments

It’s been announced that Fit for Work will be launched by the Government later this year to provide health and work advice and an occupational health assessment to employees, employers and GPs in England and Wales to help people return to or … Continue reading

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Cancer and discrimination at work

A survey carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov of 2,142 adults living with cancer has concluded that more people living with cancer are experiencing discrimination at work now than in previous years, despite the introduction of the Equality Act in … Continue reading

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Post summer blues

So, the summer holidays are over. Everyone is relaxed and bronzed and ready to resume with the daily grind. Or, perhaps not… Research by Bupa, which has combined the views of 2,000 UK workers, shows that 44% of respondents face … Continue reading

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The new Health and Work Service

As we’ve already reported, the Health and Work Service (HWS) in England and Wales* will be launched towards the end of this year with a phased roll-out until May. The aim of the service is to cut sickness absence by … Continue reading

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Alcohol and work

Excessive alcohol consumption on the part of employees can manifest itself in various ways, including: employees coming to work with a hangover; staff drinking socially at lunchtime thus becoming less productive and, potentially, putting the safety of other employees at … Continue reading

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Working safely in the heat

As the UK experiences one of the most continually warm and sunny summers on record, many people are turning their attention to the challenges and potential perils of working in heat. There are a number of potential dangers associated with … Continue reading

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Uncontrolled stress in the workplace – taming the beast

Stress. We all experience it at some point. Some more than others, and some more acutely than others. For some people, a certain amount of stress is important in order for them to remain focused and determined to achieve. For … Continue reading

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