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Supporting Mental Health at Work

In today’s fast-paced and competitive world, the importance of mental health cannot be overstated. Employees’ mental wellbeing is not only a matter of individual concern but also a huge factor in overall organisational success. This article will look at the challenges faced by organisations in relation to mental health issues in the workplace and w......

Employment Law Update – The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act

Legislation that will improve access to flexible working for employees has completed its way through parliament and has been granted Royal Assent.  Essentially, the key changes are: employees will be able to make two flexible working requests within a yearemployers will be required to deal with requests within two months of a request being m......

Quiet quitting – is it affecting your workforce?

The term ‘the great resignation’ was coined by Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at UCL, in May 2021. He predicted an exodus of workers from their jobs prompted by burnout and the taste of freedom that many employees experienced while working from home during the Covid pandemic. This ‘great resignation’ is also known as ‘quiet qui......

HR Update for Managers

Changes to Flexible Working – are you ready? Although not law yet, the Flexible Working Bill currently going through the House of Lords means that some changes are coming to the guidance around flexible working arrangements that employers should be aware of: employees will be able to make a flexible working request (FWR) from the first day of emp......

Financial Wellbeing and its impact on work

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) 2018, 47% of workers face some kind of financial stress, with 16% suffering constant money worries and struggling to pay bills.  With recent increases in the cost of living and the impact on housing costs of interest rates rises, it’s easy to see that this has probably be......

Fit note guidance for employers

From July 2022 the Department for Work and Pensions has updated the law for the fit note so that it can now be issued by nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists in addition to doctors. This means that employees may be issued a fit note by someone other than a doctor as long as they are discussing their fitness to work with......

How can employers support Ukrainian refugees, and what considerations must they make?

Home Office data suggests more than 53,000 Ukrainian refugees have already travelled to the UK under family and sponsorship schemes. There have been more than 43,000 applications for visas under the Ukraine Family Scheme and almost 90,000 applications for visas under the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme. Both schemes allow successful applican......

Supporting employees impacted by events in Ukraine

Staff in many businesses may have links to countries involved in the ongoing events in Ukraine, including family or friends living in the affected regions or cultural ties to the area.  Others may be called up to serve in their countries’ defence forces over the weeks and months to come.  Employers may wish to share the following resource......

The Government’s plan for living with Coronavirus – what does it mean for employers?

On 21 February 2022, the Government announced its’ plan for living with Coronavirus in the weeks and months to come.   Among several key changes are: from 24 February 2022, the removal of the requirement to self isolate after a positive test from 24 March 2022, the end of the Statutory Sick Pay amendments relating to Coronavir......

Is menopause the next protected characteristic?

There are currently nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act. Discrimination that happens because of one or more of them is unlawful under the Act. The characteristics are: age disability race gender reassignment marriage or civil partnership religion or belief sex sexual orientation pregnancy & maternity......

Rules for digital right to work checks coming this spring

The new system for digital checks of candidate’s right to work in the UK allows employers to do so via a third party, without having to check physical documentation. The change was initially introduced as a temporary measure to aid remote working in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and was due to revert back to in-person checks on 5 April......

Supporting mental health at work

Mental health issues affect one in four people in any given year. An issue can stem from things that have built up gradually over time or could occur suddenly as a result of a specific event in someone’s life. They range from common problems such as depression and anxiety, to rarer issues such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  Mental he......