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NHS’ £5m wellbeing initiative to cut £2.4bn sickness bill

Plans have been set out to reduce the NHS’ annual £2.4bn sickness bill, dealing primarily with the two largest causes of staff absence – mental health issues and musculoskeletal problems. The wellbeing initiative will include mea...


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NHS causes major data protection breach

The NHS Sexual Health Clinic in Soho that sent out a newsletter on Tuesday disclosing the names and email addresses of about 780 people has apologised and pledged to investigate how the breach occurred. This newsletter was for people using its sex...


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Employment Tribunal fees challenge dismissed by UK Court of Appeal

UNISON's case against the Government's introduction of Employment Tribunal fees could be heading for the UK's highest court after the Court of Appeal rejected the union's legal challenge to the policy. Lord Justice Underhill said that in order to...


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The best – and worst – excuses for calling in sick

Following on from the last Bank Holiday of the year, there will be those who will have perhaps decided to extend the weekend by an extra day, using a variety of different excuses to do so. But it appears bosses in the UK are getting wiser to ...


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Self-employed exemption from safety law in force soon

With a 1 October 2015 deadline just weeks away, the Government has issued a reminder about a key change to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 that exempts self-employed workers from health and safety law in many circumstances. The change...


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Clash of cultures: the productive workplace?

Much has been written about the ‘future workplace’, a lot of which focuses on the importance of the physical working environment. However, news from the US this week has thrown light on the role that softer issues such as workplace cu...