Vaping At Work Rules

vaping at work

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has increased in popularity over recent years. Where does this leave employers and what approach should they take to vaping at work rules? The following guide for employers on vaping at work looks at what the law says and whether employers should allow employees to use their e-cigarettes on […]

Managing Menopause in the Workplace

menopause at work

Helping women feel supported in their workplace as they experience the menopause is beneficial both to employees and employers. However, growing numbers of tribunal claims suggest employers are falling short in meeting their legal obligations duties. The changing demographic of our working population means that there are 3.5 million women over the age of 50 […]

What to Include in a Sickness Policy

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Sick leave in the workplace is unavoidable, although a well-written and well-implemented sickness policy can help to manage these absences and inform staff of the procedures to follow if they are unfit for work. In this guide for employers, we look at what a sickness policy is and the benefits they bring the workplace. It […]

Lone Working: Keeping your Employees Safe

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Lone working is commonplace in the UK across a range of industry sectors. Where such arrangements are in place, employers are under specific legal obligations to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their lone-working staff.   What is lone working? Lone working, as defined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), refers to any working […]

How to Manage Long Term Sickness Absence

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Long term sickness absence can quickly become challenging for employers, raising both practical and potentially legal issues. For managers, it can be difficult to know in the circumstances what they should do to ensure they are providing adequate support to the absent worker, while also being mindful of the interests of other staff and the […]

Reasonable Adjustments for Mental Health

reasonable adjustments for mental health

By understanding how to deal with requests for reasonable adjustments for mental health, you can help create a supportive working environment while ensuring compliance with your legal obligations as an employer. In this guide, we explain what the law says about reasonable adjustments for mental health, together with practical advice for employers to nuture a […]

How Do Staggered Hours Work?

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Staggered hours are a type of flexible working. Given the pervasive expectation of flexible working among employees, and with the law on flexible working requests set to make such requests more common, offering appropriate flexible working arrangements has become critical to retain and attract talent. The following guide for employers looks at staggered hours in […]

Managing the Return to Work

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Returning to work after an extended period of leave, such as long-term sick leave or maternity leave, can be a daunting prospect for employees. Having the full support of their employer can help to ease an employee’s concerns and address any practicalities, making this transitional period back into the workplace more likely to result in […]

How to Conduct a Return to Work Interview

return to work interview

Conducting a return to work interview is an essential part of an organisation’s absence management programme. Having a focused discussion with a returning employee is shown to help reduce unnecessary sickness absence and helps the returning employee transition back into the workplace environment with greater ease and with the necessary support from their employer. Return […]

Phased Retirement Guide for Employers

phased retirement

Phased retirement is an approach taken by some employers that gives employees more flexibility in how they manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement. This could be in the form of fewer working hours or responsibilities, or even a different role. In this guide for employers, we share practical tips on how to implement […]