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March 24, 2017

SAM Absence Quiz - How well do you know the process - Statutory Sick Pay

Take our Absence Quiz to check your knowledge about Statutory Sick Pay and the process that surrounds it.

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February 24, 2017

Supply costs have increased by 20% over the last three years

The crisis of teacher recruitment and the heavy requirement on supply staff was again highlighted this week in the press following The Education Select Committee releasing their latest report.

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February 23, 2017

Top tips for managing Pre-employment Health Checks

An employer cannot ask questions about sickness absence, or whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made to carry out the job itself, until after a job offer has been made. However, pre-employment health checks can be carried out.

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February 15, 2017

How to get the most out of Occupational Health and how to manage referrals

An Occupational Health referral can take time to complete, but the time and effort you put in is worth it in order to get the best out of the process. Here are our top tips on things to consider.

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January 20, 2017

Budgets – Maximising resources and minimising costs

Education leaders have warned that 2017/18 will bring many financial challenges to schools with the pressure to cut budgets. So, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are maximising your resources and minimising your costs. One area that can be improved is wellbeing. Keeping staff healthy, productive and in school helps reduce occupational support and supply costs. Read how.

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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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