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THE PRESS COVERAGE FEBRUARY 2017

ELAS PRESS COVERAGE February 2017

ALTERNATIVE FACTS – THE IMPORTANCE OF HONESTY AND HOW TO REBUILD TRUST WHEN LEADERS LOSE IT

Sometimes in business you have to face the hard truth. Rather than pretending it doesn’t exist or citing alternative facts, the best way to handle an inconvenient truth is to deal with it head on.

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Death, usually accompanied with grief, is not set in stone; death can present itself unexpectedly and grief is never the same for two people. Nevertheless, the pair can have dire effects on one’s life, allowing them to fail in continuing with their daily routine. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: SHOULD YOU WORK WHILE YOU’RE GRIEVING?

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THE WORST SICK DAY EXCUSES EVER!

ELAS coined the phrase National Sickie Day in 2011 after noticing a pattern of increased absence rates on the first Monday in February. This year National Sickie Day falls on Monday 6th February and ELAS is predicting approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime.

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WORK DRESS POLICIES, NEW LAW CHANGE NEEDED

A Parliamentary committee has recommended a change in the law regarding dress code discrimination in the workplace as well as clearer guidance regarding footwear when it comes to health and safety legislation. From Emma O’Leary, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.

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Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is always notorious for non-attendance at work. Dubbed National Sickie Day, Monday, February 6th is expected to be the worst day of the year for worker absenteeism. 10 OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

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AN estimated 350,000 people will call in sick on Monday, costing the UK economy an estimated £45million. ELAS, the employment law experts, coined the phrase “National Sickie Day” back in 2011 after noticing a pattern of increased absence rates on the first Monday in February. ANNUAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE TO FILL 900 SUMMER JOBS

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Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is always notorious for non-attendance at work. Dubbed National Sickie Day, Monday, February 6th is expected to be the worst day of the year for worker absenteeism. An estimated 349,000 British workers are expected to take the day off sick costing the UK economy £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime, according to The Employment Law Experts (ELAS). 10 OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

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Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is always notorious for non-attendance at work. Dubbed National Sickie Day, Monday, February 6th is expected to be the worst day of the year for worker absenteeism. An estimated 349,000 British workers are expected to take the day off sick costing the UK economy £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime, according to The Employment Law Experts (ELAS). 10 OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

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Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is always notorious for non-attendance at work. Dubbed National Sickie Day, Monday, February 6th is expected to be the worst day of the year for worker absenteeism. 10 OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

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Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is always notorious for non-attendance at work. Dubbed National Sickie Day, Monday, February 6th is expected to be the worst day of the year for worker absenteeism. 10 OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK

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Whether you are struggling into work despite feeling unwell or have no option but to make that dreaded call to your boss, Monday, February 6 is said to be the worst day for workplace absence. After noticing a rising trend in people asking for the first Monday in February off, employment law firm ELAS dubbed it “National Sickie Day” seven years ago. TODAY IS NATIONAL SICKIE DAY - WHAT ARE THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIPPING WORK?

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The first Monday of February is notorious for people skipping off work. A combination of the miserable weather and a spate of flu and colds means it’s the most popular day of the year to call in ill. Excuses range from “my dog ate my shoes” to “I have no way to get to work”. The knock-on effect will be £4.45m loss in wages, lost hours and overtime, according to the Employment Law Advisory Service (ELAS}. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: AROUND 350,000 BRITS WILL DITCH WORK TODAY

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MONDAY IS NATIONAL SICKIE DAY. . . SO PERHAPS YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK PHONING IN ILL

Monday is expected to see the highest number of employees phoning into work “sick”. And in Wales this might be even worse with the national rugby team playing Italy on Sunday in their first match of the 2017 Six Nations campaign. National Sickie Day falls on the first Monday of February every year and is infamous for the large number of people who phone into work professing they are too ill to work. Click to see the full article

Needing to arrange a birthday party for a dog and not having any clean trousers were among the worst excuses given for absence from work last year. That’s according to employment law experts ELAS, who have compiled the most spectacular excuses heard by bosses in order to celebrate this year’s National Sickie Day. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIVING OFF WORK LAST YEAR

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Monday 6 February is the day when your employees are most likely to call in sick this year – but why are staff tempted to phone in and fake illness on the UK’s National Sickie Day? Business advisory firm Employment Law Experts (ELAS) claimed that absences on National Sickie Day cost the British economy £45m, as an estimated 349,000 workers struggle to motivate themselves at the end of a long January. Click to see the full article NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: WHY YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE CALLING IN SICK

ELAS coined the phrase National Sickie Day in 2011 after noticing a pattern of increased absence rates on the first Monday in February This year National Sickie Day falls on Monday 6th February and ELAS is predicting approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: TOP 10 WORST EXCUSES FOR ABSENCE

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‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’ IS THIS MONDAY - HERE’S ADVICE FOR THE MOST COMMON ILLNESSES

As the nation braces itself for ‘National Sickie Day’ this Monday, St John Ambulance is issuing advice for the most common ailments people phone in sick with. The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime.

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BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

The first Monday in February has traditionally seen the highest number of UK employees absent from work through sickness, the charity says. The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime

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If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you may not be completely alone. Whether you are struggling into work despite feeling unwell or have no option but to make that dreaded call to your boss, Monday, February 6 is said to be the worst day for workplace absence. After noticing a rising trend in people asking for the first Monday in February off, employment law firm ELAS dubbed it “National Sickie Day” seven years ago. Click to see the full article TODAY IS NATIONAL SICKIE DAY - WHAT ARE THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIPPING WORK?

This year National Sickie Day falls on Monday 6th February and ELAS is predicting approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: TOP 10 WORST EXCUSES FOR ABSENCE

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BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

Businesses across the county are bracing themselves for ‘National Sickie Day’ on Monday, according to St John Ambulance. The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime. Click to see the full article

‘ IT’S MY DOG’S BIRTHDAY’ WHY IS TODAY CALLED NATIONAL SICKIE DAY AND WHAT ARE THE WORST EXCUSES FOR CALLING IN SICK?

Traditionally the first Monday in February is the day when the greatest amount of UK employees take the day off work due to illness. The figure this year is predicted to be higher than previous years thanks to a combination of factors.

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If you called your boss today and told a few little lies about being under the weather, you weren’t alone. The first Monday in February is known as ‘National Sickie Day’, as traditionally it sees the highest number of workers calling in sick, with an estimated 375,000 British workers taking the day off sick or skipping an important job interview. Which leaves us to ask the question, is workplace absenteeism actually on the rise? And what harm does it really do to have the occasional (not so) sick day, especially if we feel overworked and tired? ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’ – THE MOST POPULAR DAY FOR STAYING IN BED

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Back in 2011, employment law experts ELAS coined the phrase ‘National Sickie Day’ to describe the first Monday in February – because the day sees an estimated 350,000 British workers phoning in sick, with a huge range of excuses. The day has been embraced into anecdotal HR culture, and the excuses get more wonderful each year, including such outrageous ones as ‘I was asleep and dreamed I was in work, so I just stayed there!’ and even ‘I dropped a frozen chicken on my head’! EXCUSES AT THE READY AS UK’S HR EXPERTS DEBATE WHETHER NATIONAL SICKIE DAY EXISTS

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BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime.

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REVEALED: WORST REASONS FOR WORK ABSENCE

A list of the top 10 worst excuses for not going into work has been released to coincide with National Sickie Day today. Around 350,000 people were predicted to say they couldn’t work today, costing the UK economy £45million in wages, lost hours and overtime, according to The Employment Law Experts (ELAS).

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The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime. BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

IT’S NATIONAL SICKIE DAY

If you’re thinking of calling in sick today, some statistics suggest you may not be alone. In 2011, 1 February was earmarked as national sickie day by business support company ELAS who saw an upsurge in people calling in sick on that day. Since then, the first Monday in February has carried this title.

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Whether you are struggling into work despite feeling unwell or have no option but to make that dreaded call to your boss, Monday, February 6 is said to be the worst day for workplace absence. After noticing a rising trend in people asking for the first Monday in February off, employment law firm ELAS dubbed it “National Sickie Day” seven years ago. TODAY IS NATIONAL SICKIE DAY - WHAT ARE THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIPPING WORK?

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Didn’t quite fancy the long commute into work, with roadworks driving you mad? Or maybe you were fed up with your train skipping stops, taking you flying past your destination as you watch your workplace shrink to a small dot on the horizon. ‘MY WIFE EARNS MORE THAN ME’ AND ‘MY DOG ATE MY SHOES’ : THE WORST EXCUSES FOR A DAY OFF ON NATIONAL SICKIE DAY

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BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

The first Monday in February has traditionally seen the highest number of UK employees absent from work through sickness, says St John Ambulance. The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime.

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NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES PEOPLE USE TO GET OUT OF WORK Did you wake up this morning and simple ‘need’ to have an extra few hours in bed? Take solace in the fact that you’re not the only one, as today, February 6, has been dubbed ‘National Sickie Day’.

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NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIVING

It’s National Sickie Day and around 350,000 people across the country are expected to take the day off. Traditionally the first Monday in February is the day when the greatest amount of UK employees take the day off work due to illness. And there’s a whole range of wild excuses that were used last year to get off the hook, compiled by employment law experts, ELAS. Click here to see full article

NATIONAL SICKIE DAY 2017: TODAY IS THE WORST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR ABSENTEEISM

If you’re reading this from home, after making a quick call to the boss to explain that you’re too “ill” to make it into work this morning, you’re in good company – for today is National Sickie Day.

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National Sickie Day, the first Monday in February, is the day in the year which has supposedly seen the highest number of employees phoning in sick. According to the Employment Law Advisory Service, a nationwide business support company, it’s estimated that approximately 350,000 people will have called in sick on Monday 6 February, costing the UK economy around £45m. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: CAN BOSSES STOP EMPLOYEES FROM CALLING IN SICK?

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BUSINESSES BRACED FOR ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’

The Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45million in wages, lost hours, and overtime.

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Needing to arrange a birthday party for a dog and not having any clean trousers were among the worst excuses given for absence from work last year. That’s according to employment law experts ELAS, who have compiled the most spectacular excuses heard by bosses in order to celebrate this year’s National Sickie Day. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIVING OFF WORK LAST YEAR

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DON’T DO THIS WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO PULL A SICKIE

You know when you’ve had a night on the town and you wake up with a crazy hangover and freak out you have to go to work? We’ve all been there - but most of us check it’s not actually Monday and it’s still Sunday. We don’t text in to the boss with a sad excuse about why we can’t come in...on a Sunday.

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According to employment law firm ELAS Group, almost 350,000 people will have called in sick today – National Sickie Day – which is the first Monday in February, at a cost of £45m to the UK economy. ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’ WILL COST THE UK ECONOMY £45M THIS YEAR

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According to employment law firm ELAS Group, almost 350,000 people will have called in sick today – National Sickie Day – which is the first Monday in February, at a cost of £45m to the UK economy. ‘NATIONAL SICKIE DAY’ WILL COST THE UK ECONOMY £45M THIS YEAR

That’s according to employment law experts ELAS, who have compiled the most spectacular excuses heard by bosses in order to celebrate this year’s National Sickie Day. The annual event, which marks the worst day of the year for absenteeism, falls on the first Monday in February each year, with around 350,000 people expected to call in sick this year. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIVING OFF WORK LAST YEAR

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WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL SICKIE DAY?

Is your office beginning to look more and more like a ghost town? Well, everyone’s heard of the standard Monday blues, and even the infamous Blue Monday in January. However, the latest absence figures have found that the first Monday of February is notorious for non-attendance at work, naming it as National Sickie Day.

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IS NATIONAL SICKIE DAY AFFECTING YOUR BUSINESS?

Dull weather, a winter cold, and a weekend hangover makes today (the first Monday in February) National Sickie Day i.e. the worst day of the year for employee absenteeism. According to figures from ELAS, absences from work throughout the year will cost the British economy an approximate £34 billion – and today is a big contributor to that figure.

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Needing to arrange a birthday party for a dog and not having any clean trousers were among the worst excuses given for absence from work last year. That’s according to employment law experts ELAS, who have compiled the most spectacular excuses heard by bosses in order to celebrate this year’s National Sickie Day. NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: THE WORST EXCUSES FOR SKIVING OFF WORK LAST YEAR

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Today is officially “National Sickie Day”, and around 350,000 workers in the UK are expected to skive off work. It’s not clear exactly why the first Monday in February is the worst for people calling in sick. This year it was suspiciously the day after the Super Bowl, so fans of late-night egg chasing may not be keen to clock in. “I LOST MY PPE” – GET THOSE EXCUSES READY, IT’S NATIONAL SICKIE DAY

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NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: WHAT’S THE WORST EXCUSE YOU HAVE HEARD FOR NOT GOING TO WORK?

If you’ve just got off the phone to your boss saying you won’t be coming in to work today you’re in good company – as today is National Sickie Day. The day falls annually on the first Monday of February and the Employment Law Experts (ELAS) estimates that 350,000 people will have called in sick today.

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This hungover man’s pathetic attempt to pull a sickie is extremely relatable. Mark McLelland, from Glasgow, woke up ever so slightly worse for wear, thinking it was Monday morning after a night of drinking so decided to pull a sickie. HUNGOVER MAN’S ATTEMPT TO PULL A SICKIE SO PATHETIC HIS BOSS CALLS HIM A WEAPON

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“IT’S SUNDAY YA WEAPON!” WHAT BOSS TOLD WORKER WHO TRIED TO PULL SICKIE – ON HIS DAY OFF

A SCOTTISH boss’s hilarious putdown to a staff member who texted in sick on his day off has gone viral. Mark McLelland, from Glasgow, woke up on what he thought was Monday morning after a night of drinking, and feeling worse for wear, decided to pull a sickie.

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ANOTHER COURT DECISION FINDS A ‘SELF EMPLOYED’ WORKER ENTITLED TO WORKING RIGHTS

In the latest round of prominent rulings on freelance employment, Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers has won his legal battle for working rights. The case hinged on whether Mr Smith was a genuine self-employed contractor or a worker for the company. He was VAT-registered, and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years. His contract required him to work 40 hours over 5 days.

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How do you let potential employees know if they have been successful in their application or not? One restaurant is under fire after reportedly texting a rejection to a woman who had applied for a waitressing role. ‘ IT’S A NO! ’ – SO HOW SHOULD YOU NOTIFY UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES?

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DISCRIMINATION: EMPLOYERS STILL REFUSING TO MAKE REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS, SAYS CITIZENS ADVICE CYMRU

Citizens Advice Cymru has released information which they say shows many people with disabilities are being prevented from working because employers are unwilling to make reasonable adjustments. In an interview with the BBC, policy officer Lindsey Kearton said lack of workplace support could have a ‘huge impact’ on the mental and physical health of those affected.

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED A DBS CHECK?

Criminal record checks have been around for some time helping employers to find suitable people to work with children and vulnerable groups. However, this process has become increasingly complicated and lengthy so the government has replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check with the one from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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DEBENHAMS TOPS GOVERNMENT’S LARGEST LIST OF MINIMUM WAGE OFFENDERS

The latest high-profile company to feel the wrath of the government is Debenhams, which was included in the largest list of minimum wage offenders to date.

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PIEGATE – DID ROLY POLY GOALIE DESERVE THE SACK?

The recent furore surrounding Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has thrown up a few employment law considerations which should be taken into account when dealing with similar conduct from an employee. ELAS employment law consultant Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson takes a look:

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WAS WAYNE SHAW’S ‘PIEGATE’ AN ACT OF GROSS MISCONDUCT?

The recent furore surrounding Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has thrown up a few employment law considerations which should be taken into account when dealing with similar conduct from an employee. ELAS employment law consultant Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson takes a look:

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MOBILE-PHONES IN THE WORKPLACE: NEW SURVEY FINDS MISTRUST AND MIXED REACTIONS

Does your company allow phones in the office? It’s certainly a controversial issue. Some employers have formal policies that govern when or where workers may use their mobile phones. Some workplaces ban them altogether.

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WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES AFFECTING PAYROLL PROFESSIONALS IN 2017?

It is set to be a busy year for payroll, with plenty of changes scheduled for 2017. And, with details yet to be finalised on some of these, it could be a challenging year too.

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