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Did you know that EU law prevents employers from carrying over the first four weeks of employees’ statutory annual leave? The only exception is when an employee is unable to take the leave because of sickness absence. If the leave is not taken, it is lost.

In the UK, employees are guaranteed 5.6 weeks of annual leave. Employers cannot give employees payment in lieu of their statutory minimum annual leave entitlement.


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Are you ready for GDPR?

September 28, 2017

A new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will soon replace the old Data Protection Act (1998). The GDPR will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.
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For the first time since 2009, XpertHR annual absence survey 2017 shows an average absence level above 3%. Among the 588 survey respondents that provided data on absence rates for 2016, the national average stood at 3.2% of working time, equivalent to 7.4 days per employee. To help compare with the preferred metric used in CIPD annual absence survey, this year’s median figure in XpertHR data was 6.6 absence days per employee. In 2016 CIPD reported a median level of 6.3 days per employee. 
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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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Great news! Engage RTW tool for Android is now live in Google Play Store. The mobile app is free to download and can be used by any existing users of Engage web application. The features available in our app are currently restricted to the Return to Work (RTW) interviews, as the name suggests. The tool allows mobile and field-based managers to browse and complete the interview tasks directly on their Android device.
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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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