Health

Pingdemic test-to-return used by employers to fight self-isolation

Employers have been left reeling by a record number of NHS COVID-19 app alerts asking people to self-isolate.

Echo mental health pandemic calls for wellbeing change

COVID-19 and the imminent ‘echo pandemic’ in mental health means companies must overhaul their wellbeing programmes to focus on greater engagement and culture change.

Sick pay won't be extended to low income employees, government confirms

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will not be extended to those who earn less than £120 per week, the government has confirmed.

Pingdemic: How can HR adapt to staff shortages caused by self-isolation?

According to the CIPD, almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have suffered staff shortages in the last month due to employees being told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace...

Protecting and supporting travelling teams after COVID

Business travellers will be among the first visitors to many countries as borders slowly re-open.  They will face a changed landscape, possibly unrecognisable to their previous trips.

Mandatory care vaccinations come with rights risks

Coronavirus vaccinations are now mandatory for care home stuff in England and ministers are considering extending compulsory vaccination measure to all NHS staff.

Sick leave: The skive’s the limit?

Sick leave has been a sensitive issue for many years but a recent employment tribunal case reflected the risks that adopting a pre-judged approach can take.

Long COVID: rethinking ill-health and the world of work 

One positive repercussion of the COVID pandemic may be an improvement in how we deal with illness at work more generally, but HR must lead the way, finds Jo Gallacher in this month's cover story.

Hot topic part two: pregnancy loss

In April 2021, New Zealand joined a small number of countries offering paid leave for those who experience pregnancy loss. In the same month, The Lancet published data on the mental health impacts of...

Features

Stress-related absence surge caused by poor management

?More training is needed to help managers better support staff wellbeing, research has found

Cancer patients feel unsupported at work

?More than a quarter (27%) of cancer patients who are employed when diagnosed receive no support to help them return to work, according to Macmillan Cancer Support

Workers uncomfortable with employers interfering in their lives

Employees want boundaries between their work and personal lives amid fears of ‘Big Brother’ cultures