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Proposal to incorporate OH into the NHS

Occupational physician Ian Torrance and Faculty of Occupational Medicine president Richard Heron recently suggested in BMJ editorial that ‘integration of the clinical specialty of occupational health (OH) into the NHS is long overdue’. Their argument was based on a viewpoint that current OH provision in UK puts employees of smaller companies and the unemployed at a disadvantage.
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In July 2013, new fees were introduced to pursue disputes against employers in the tribunal courts to defer employees from lodging unfounded claims. Type A claims for sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and discrimination cost claimants £1,200. Type B claims to recover unpaid wages or holiday pay cost the employees £390. This has had a major impact on the number of claims processed by the tribunal courts.
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We all know that feeling of coming back from holiday to hundreds of unread emails. At Honeydew, we decided to do our little bit to reduce that burden. In Engage, you can now set holiday periods when alerts are diverted to someone else or suspended altogether. This is a part of our new personal preferences area, where users can have some say on the notifications they receive.
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Engage Return to Work tool for mobile is here!
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The Bradford Factor is a neat mathematical formula for calculating absence levels and triggering management action. It is focused on targeting frequent short-term absence, based on the principle that this type of absence is more disruptive to the workplace. The Bradford Factor formula is:
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Lunchtime tackles absence with Honeydew – client interview

We recently asked Jillian Scotney HR Director from Lunchtime about their experience working with Honeydew.

Lunchtime is schools contract caterer with schools across London, Cambridge shire and Norfolk. They have been using Honeydew’s system since January 2017.


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Summer 2017 will see the launch of Engage Android application. We anticipate to have the beta version ready for testing in July.
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According to a recent BBC documentary, UK is one of the most sleep deprived nations in the world. Over time the amount of sleep we get on average has been declining. These days many don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours per night.
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This month our maintenance schedule focused on absence review meeting tasks.
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The Society of Occupational Medicine has published a report building the business case for Occupational Health (OH). Many employers are concerned about the cost of Occupational Health services but this report aims to show that effective use of OH adds real value.
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