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What is happiness and how can you encourage it?

Many people believe that happiness is having fun at a party, the excitement of new experiences, the thrill and passion of a relationship or the delights of a fine meal. These are all wonderful experiences to be cherished and cultivated but they are not happiness. These experiences are the definition of pleasure. They are experiences…

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Supporting parents with premature or sick babies

Having a baby should be a wonderful time but there are unfortunately occasions when things don’t always go to plan and this can be a very difficult time for everyone involved. There are over 95,000 premature or sick babies born each year in the UK*. From an employer’s perspective, supporting your member of staff through…

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The personal impact of absence monitoring Part 5 – Liam

Liam is a long standing employee who has had a variety of roles, his most recent working in Customer services. Unfortunately Liam feels anxious when dealing with difficult customers and has been absent from work since January. His initial sick note stated work related stress however his more recent note states depression. During his absence…

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Holiday Pay – Discussions continue

At the moment in this country you cannot carry holiday over from year to year unless for special reasons, such as long-term illness or as stipulated in the employment contract. This is defined by Regulation 13(9) of the Working Time Regulations (WTR). However, this month the European Court has suggested that holiday should be allowed…

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Term-time absence for pupils – the final part?

As we followed this series through we thought it was only prudent to bring you the final verdict. After the case went through the High Court the final appeal was heard by the Supreme Court. They ruled that Mr Platt had taken his daughter out of school unlawfully. The reason for the change of decision…

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Public sector workers suffer worse mental health

As mentioned last month MPs have been calling for more action on mental health. Mind have since supported this with their latest survey which showed increased levels of mental health in public sector workers. Mind surveyed 12,000 workers, in both private and public sectors. The survey found that public-sector staff were more likely to feel…

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Supporting staff undergoing IVF treatment

As an employer would you be confident in dealing with requests from a member of staff undergoing IVF treatment? There is no statutory right for time off for staff to undertake IVF treatment, often leaving employers confused on how to deal with requests for this appropriately. It is in an employer’s best interests to be…

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Case Study – Teacher Absence Triggered by Performance Concerns

SAM is all about managing absence effectively and improving absence management in schools. We’ve included below an example of how managing absence, related to performance issues, can be approached. Our sister company FusionHR who are education HR specialists have provided their top tips and approach to this case. We hope you find it useful. Case…

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