ELAS Press Coverage July

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ELAS PRESS COVERAGE July 2016

BEATING ABSENTEEISM DURING THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Recent research by Kronos reveals that more than a third of employees (35 per cent) expect the European Championships to cause more absenteeism than Wimbledon (18 per cent) and the Rio Olympics (11 per cent) combined.Martin Noone, managing director at Legal & General Workplace Health & Protection says that absenteeism within a workforce has the potential to seriously affect a business’s productivity levels if not properly addressed by the employer.

‘Recent Legal & General research has shown that absenteeism costs UK businesses on average over £120,000 per year and nearly seven out of ten employers we surveyed said absenteeism was a growing issue for their businesses,’ he adds.

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HIGHEST RATE OF ABSENCE ON MONDAYS

Employee absences on Mondays are almost double those on Fridays, statistics from ELAS Business Support have revealed. In an analysis of time off taken in the first half of the year, the employment law specialist found that the consistent attendance rates throughout the remainder of the week suggest people

might be taking advantage of an extended weekend.

About 21.4% of all workers polled called in sick on a Monday, compared with around 12.2% on Fridays.

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RESEARCH SHOWS ABSENT TRENDS.

February has been identified as having the highest average rate of absenteeism across the first half of the year in a survey of 8,550 people from 68 companies.

to 318 in March, 314 in June, 294 in January, 283 in May and 282 in April. The statistics also showed a huge spike in the absentee rate on Mondays. The consistent absentee numbers throughout the rest of the week indicate people might be taking advantage of a long weekend.

The research was carried out by ELAS Business Support and showed an average of 337 people a week called in sick during February, compared

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Most of the fundamental requirements of UK food safety laws stem from EU legislation, including the overarching legal requirement for food businesses to use a documented food safety management system based on the principals of HACCP for all their food safety management. With the UK having voted to leave the EU there is much

THE IMPACT OF BREXIT ON FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS

Most of the fundamental requirements of UK food safety laws stem from EU legislation, including the overarching legal requirement for food businesses to use a documented food safety management system based on the principals of HACCP for all their food safety management.

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SICK DAY FIGURES – THE UK DOESN’T LIKE MONDAYS!

New statistics published this week by ELAS Business Support show sickness rates for the first six months half of this year – and they make for interesting reading. 8,550 people from 68 companies across the UK were surveyed. These rates only show sickness absence overall and do not take account of the reasons for sickness.

The average sick day rate was calculated by taking the total daily absence rate for each month and dividing it by the number of weeks in the month. January, March and May each had five weeks and, therefore, a higher overall absence rate but the weekly numbers paint a different picture.

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AWOL – RESEARCH SHOWS ABSENT TRENDS

February has been identified as having the highest average rate of absenteeism across the first half of the year in a survey of 8,550 people from 68 companies. The research was carried out by ELAS Business Support and showed an average of 337 people a week called in sick during February, compared to 318 in March, 314 in June, 294 in January, 283 in May and 282 in April.

The statistics also showed a huge spike in the absentee rate on Mondays. The consistent absentee numbers throughout the rest of the week indicate people might be taking advantage of a long weekend.

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RISING SICKNESS FIGURES AND MONDAY BLUES HIGHLIGHT A NEED FOR BETTER DATA AND REPORTING ON ABSENCE

UK businesses need to start tackling absence more effectively, especially during the winter months and use return to work interviews and accurate reporting and management tools.

New research from ELAS recently found that February had the highest average rate of sick days across the first half of this year, with an average of 337 people calling in sick each week, with March the second highest at 318 and January at 282.

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ABSENTEEISM UP YET AGAIN, DESPITE FLEXIBLE WORKING

New statistics released today by ELAS Business Support show the absentee rate for the first half of this year - and they make for interesting reading. The average absentee rate was calculated by taking the total daily absence rate for each month and dividing it by the number of weeks in

the month. January, March and May each had five weeks and, therefore, a higher overall absence rate but the weekly numbers paint a different picture.

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ELAS: NIGHTCLUB EMPLOYER FIRED WAITRESS FOR BEING ASSAULTED BY A FOOTBALLER

If your employee claims they have been assaulted by a customer do you a) investigate those claims or b) sack them? We’ll give you a clue, it’s not b! Yet that’s what one employer in Manchester seems to have done. The Daily Mail reported that nightclub waitress, Charlotte Long, who was 18 at the time, claimed that then 27 year old Everton and England

player Aaron Lennon, who was partying in one of the nightclub’s £2,000 a night booths, had grabbed and slapped her before ripping her top, leaving her in tears, with bruising to her face.

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PLANNING FOR EMPLOYEES’ MATERNITY/PATERNITY LEAVE

From an HR perspective, it can prove difficult to accommodate employees taking long periods of time off. However, with maternity/paternity leave, there is usually a long lead time. Employees are typically required to give at least 14 weeks’ notice that they wish to take maternity/paternity leave, which indicates that — in most cases — it’s possible to plan and prepare for the absence more effectively.

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NHS HOSPITAL SANDWICHES CAN KILL YOU: TOP SCIENTISTS BLAMES PATIENTS’ FOOD FOR CASES OF LETHAL LISTERIA INFECTION

Hospitals are risking patients’ lives by serving them sandwiches contaminated with a lethal bug, say experts in a shocking report. The danger comes in pre-packed sandwiches, a popular menu option with many patients – and one that NHS managers like because they are cheap and easy to serve.

But food safety advisers are warning that they can contain the deadly bug listeria, which can trigger meningitis. It also kills up to 30 per cent of those it infects.

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PRE-PACKED SANDWICHES IDENTIFIED AS KEY TO LISTERIA IN HOSPITALS

A report commissioned by the Food Standards Agency has said pre- packed sandwiches have been responsible for the majority of listeria outbreaks in hospitals since 2003.

staff were putting patients’ lives at risk by giving them the contaminated sandwiches. Listeria can trigger meningitis and kills up to 30% of those infected.

Food safety company STS, which undertook the report, said hospital

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WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION?

Flexibility, understanding and consideration are the keys to enabling employees to observe Ramadan whilst maintaining productivity. While there is no automatic entitlement for time off due to Ramadan, companies do have an implied responsibility to care for staff during this time. HR Grapevine spoke to ELAS about how HR can manage employees

during this time. Pam Rogerson, HR Director for ELAS, advises that employees wishing to take time off during the month should submit holiday requests in the normal way and an employer should authorise them according to their usual rules.

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UBER TRIBUNAL IS UK EMPLOYMENT LAW CASE OF THE YEAR

Cab-hailing app Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say the firm is acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay. An employment tribunal has started hearing evidence in what has been called the ‘UK employment law case of the year’ – a grand title but just about befitting of this test case.

Employment status has long been the greyest area of employment law. Is someone self employed or are they really an employee, or a worker?

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UBER TRIBUNAL CASE HAS EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS “GLUED”

ELAS consultant Emma O’Leary discusses the cab-hailing firm’s ongoing tribunal case The Uber tribunal case has employment lawyers “glued,” according to ELAS consultant and employment law specialist Emma O’Leary. Cab-hailing app Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say the firm is acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay.

O’Leary described employment status as the “greyest area” of employment law. “Is someone self employed or are they really an employee, or a worker?” she said. “Even where both parties believe and want to have a self employed relationship, an Employment Tribunal and HMRC see it differently

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WILL UBER BE THE UK’S EMPLOYMENT LAW CASE OF THE YEAR?

Cab-hailing app Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say the firm is acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay. An employment tribunal hearing started yesterday in what has been called the ‘UK employment law case of the year’.

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