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May
24
2010

Coalition agreement: employment implications

The new coalition Government has today published its key policy plans. The plans are stated as being based on central principles of "freedom, fairness and responsibility" and cover a breadth..

May
20
2010

BA strike: still going ahead!

The High Court injunction granted on Monday, preventing the proposed BA strike, gave momentary hope for the 450,000 passengers likely to be affected by the strike.   That hope was dashed..

May
18
2010

Accidents at Work - Watch what you say!

When there is an accident at work everyone`s first thought is understandably to look after the injured person.  However, employers need to be aware that from the minute an accident..

May
14
2010

Doctors fear blowing the whistle

A survey conducted by the BMA Scotland has found many hospital doctors are too scared to raise concerns about patient care or staff behaviour in case it harms their career. ..

May
13
2010

Tory/Lib-Dem government face criticism over default retirement age

After both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats stated in their manifestos that they planned to abolish the Default Retirement Age (DRA), the new Coalition Government  yesterday declared that it..

May
12
2010

Tough task facing the new Government re unemployment

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 53,000 to 2.51 million during the three months to March, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have..

May
12
2010

Overtime linked to heart disease

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.   There has been a flurry..

May
12
2010

Promoting health and wellbeing linked to increased shareholder return

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..

May
11
2010

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

The world cup is fast approaching and with it comes the inevitable sickies. So how should employers deal with it?   The CIPD has made a number of suggestions including flexible..

May
10
2010

The new "fit note"

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..



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