In our current Monthly blog Newsletter from June 2023, we have:
- Employee, Worker or Self-Employed … What’s the Difference
- How to Manage Long-Term Sickness
- Summer employment issues: a six-point checklist
- May saw 4 new laws be given Royal Assent
- £25,000 – Man with cerebral palsy wins discrimination case
- Health & Safety Update – 28th June 2023
Employee, Worker or Self-Employed … What’s the Difference
Ultimately, whether you are an employee, a worker or self-employed, you get paid for your work. With the same result involved, does it really matter which status you have? Yes. Unequivocally, yes!
Your employment category has a huge impact on your rights and your expectations of the business you work for. For employers, there is more legislation and associated cost involved with hiring employees and workers compared with self-employed contractors.
How to Manage Long-Term Sickness
Inevitably, employees need to take sick leave. Sometimes, this involves long-term sickness absence.
An estimated 185.6 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in 2022. This level is a record high. In addition, the sickness absence rate for those with long-term health conditions increased to its highest point since 2008.
Summer employment issues: a six-point checklist
Warmer days are here and holidays are on the horizon… now is the time to start thinking about those common employment issues that coincide with the onset of summer. Laura Merrylees of Personnel Today sets out a checklist of six common issues.
May saw 4 new laws be given Royal Assent
A recent news article from our Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development has commented that May 2023 saw four new laws be given Royal Assent, the final stage in the process to make a law. Whilst there will still be time until these laws will be given an implementation date (the date form which they will be effective), all four of these new laws represent a significant change in employee rights and impose new duties on employers that they much now get to grips with the.
Health & Safety Update
Health & Safety Update – 28th June 2023
Here is the latest from The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which also includes an excellent animation on what to expect when you receive a visit from an HSE Inspector and reminds me of my days when managing Health & Safety for South Mimms Welcome Break and training for Veolia Water in Hertfordshire.
Companies need to ensure that the relevant HSE records are kept such as training that has been carried out with members of the team on Health & Safety such as Risk Assessments, First Aid, Manual Handling, DSE, COSHH, Working at Heights, Abrasive Wheels, and fire to name a few and that the team are demonstrating the correct behaviours and attitudes in the workplace.
This latest information forms the HSE also includes the process of fees for intervention and query and dispute process which came into effect on 1 October 2012 and which as with all information received from the HSE should be fully understood and appropriate action taken.
£25,000 – Man with cerebral palsy wins discrimination case
£25,000 – Man with cerebral palsy wins discrimination case against Home Bargains, his former employer. Ryan Walker, who worked as a sales assistant at the company’s Armagh shop, took the case after his duties were changed. He had informed the firm that he needed to be physically active to manage his disability but was later moved from stacking shelves to working on tills. Home Bargains settled the case without admitting liability. Mr Walker said his experience had been awful and he had gone from “enjoying a job for three years to dreading going into work.” Mary Kitson from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland said: “No employee with a disability should feel that their needs are not understood or valued by their employer.”
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