Sick notes — a guide for employers

5 June 2019

Staff members with certain ailments need time off work for treatment and recovery. How does the process work? Health Assured, the wellbeing services provider, describes the current system of sick notes (or statements of fitness for work) and how employers can obtain them, and outlines what details a sick note should cover.

Panic attacks at work: what should you do?

28 May 2019

Thoroughly unpleasant and hard to deal with at the best of times, panic attacks at work are even worse. We consider the causes, signs and triggers of a panic attack and advise on how to help.

10 tips for preventing food poisoning in care settings

21 May 2019

Food poisoning is a commonly used term to describe illness caused by consuming food infected with bacteria, viruses or parasites such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. Illnesses caused by food poisoning are usually short lived but can make people very sick indeed. Fit and healthy adults usually recover quickly. However, for vulnerable people, including those who are elderly or who have certain health conditions, food poisoning can be serious. Martin Hodgson suggests 10 food safety tips that can be used in both residential adult social care and in home care settings.

Standing all day at work

20 May 2019

We’ve all heard phrases such as “sitting is the new smoking” but working in a standing position is also associated with serious ill health effects. Vicky Powell asks occupational health experts, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), how employers should be managing the risks associated with prolonged standing at work to protect worker health.

Health, safety and goodwill during Ramadan

1 May 2019

At Ramadan, participating employees often have to manage extra physical and mental stresses, fatigue and dehydration. Jon Herbert describes how flexibility, discussion and forward planning from employers can help everyone involved.

Dismissal before a TUPE transfer

1 May 2019

Few issues in employment law worry employers more than dealing with the complex rules involved in the transfer of a business or service: the dreaded Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations — usually known as “TUPE”.

Providing support to carers in the workplace

1 May 2019

With an ageing population, UK employers are experiencing an increase in numbers of those within their workforce who are undertaking unpaid care. In 2019, research by Carers UK revealed that one in seven of all workers have caring responsibilities that they are managing alongside their professional lives, with over two million having reduced working hours in order to meet their responsibilities. A staggering nearly 2.6 million people are reported to have given up work in order to care full time, with around 600 people leaving work every day over the past two years.