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January 20, 2017

Welsh schools are failing to improve staff attendance

According to a recent report by Estyn, Welsh schools are struggling significantly with managing teacher absence, with over 10% of all lessons being covered by supply teachers. Read their findings and recommendations.

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January 20, 2017

The personal impact of absence monitoring part 3 - Niall

Meet Niall, Niall has been employed for 18 months and until recently has been a loyal employee with a very good attendance record but he's just had 2 absences in four months, how do you mange this case, read our advice.

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December 16, 2016

Frequently asked questions about managing absence

We receive a lot of questions each month about various aspects of HR and managing absence, so this month we thought it might be useful to share some of our responses with you. Read our responses to our top three recent questions.

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December 15, 2016

SAM’s making more improvements, see what’s coming up……

We're delighted to share some of the new features coming up in SAM over the next week or so. We’re always listening to feedback and trying to make improvements that will make absence management even easier. Take a look.

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December 15, 2016

Managing Bereavement leave

Death is a sensitive issue and one which we all deal with differently. As an employer, we need to deal with all bereavements sensitively but what works for one person may not work for another. By law, all employees are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with bereavement. But what is reasonable? It can be very different for each individual, depending on the circumstances. As an employer, do you know how you would support your employees through a difficult time? Here are the key facts you should be aware of when dealing with Bereavement leave.

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December 15, 2016

The personal impact of absence monitoring - Case Study Two

Second in our monitoring rounds series - Louis is a young pup with a pregnant partner. He has previously had very little time off but more recently his absence has been increasing. He has taken time off for Antenatal appointments and also had some time off for sickness so, overall, it looks like quite a lot altogether. You realise you need to monitor Louis’ absences and address any potential issues but you’re not sure how to manage the situation when there are different types of absence.

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December 15, 2016

SAM's School Report - See how schools have reduced absence using SAM

We've recently shared some great news with schools who have had SAM over a year. Across the first ten schools that started with SAM in May last year, 1883 days of absence have been saved. A fantastic achievement. Take a look at our school report showing how absence has decreased for schools using SAM effectively.

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November 22, 2016

Key facts for dealing with leave of absence

As we all have ever-demanding lives with differing priorities, requests for leave may be mounting up for different reasons. Are you ready to deal with these requests? More importantly, as an employer, do you know your rights to refuse leave?

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November 18, 2016

Beating the winter blues

Have you seen an increase in your absence rates this winter? Did you find it hard to get up and out of bed today? Did your employees just want to stay at home today? Are we all suffering with the “Winter Blues”?

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November 18, 2016

Using mediation to manage conflict

Do all your employees get on? Do they have grievances with each other? Are you aware of these issues before they become a big problem?

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