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Sickness absence

Sickness absence

The Office for National Statistics has published its review of sickness absence rates in 2021. Unsurprisingly, in the middle of a pandemic, 2021 saw the highest rate of sickness absence in a decade. The UK’s sickness absence rate rose from a record low of 1.8% in 2020...
Menstrual leave

Menstrual leave

UK charities are asking the government to bring in paid leave for women who have to take time off work due to painful periods. This cry has been prompted by the actions of our continental cousin, Spain, where draft legislation has been approved which will allow...
Gender neutral job adverts

Gender neutral job adverts

Are your job advertisements putting off potential recruits? Chatter Communications, an employee brand agency, recently conducted a survey of 230 job adverts on the websites of FTSE 100 companies and analysed the findings.  The survey found that only 5 per cent of job...
Discrimination on grounds of baldness

Discrimination on grounds of baldness

A harasses B if they engages in unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic (such as race or sex) that has the purpose or effect of violating B’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. A...
Disability and long Covid

Disability and long Covid

The Office for National Statistics has reported that 1.2 million people in the UK are suffering from long Covid, prolonged symptoms that impact their ability to do day to day things. Long Covid is a term used for people who experience symptoms for 4 weeks or longer,...
Exclusivity clauses

Exclusivity clauses

Back in 2015, the government banned the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. Clauses that stop a zero-hours contract worker from working for another business, or which say that the worker cannot work for anyone else without the employer’s consent, are...