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Return to the workplace: be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis or for all their working time. ‘Employers need to keep in mind the impact of this shift on any employees’ disabilities,’ says Samira Cakali, Managing Director and Solicitor Advocate at SCE Solicitors.

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Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the changes to working practices which were introduced ‘on the hoof’ as businesses adapted to the pandemic may have become permanent, and many lessons have been learned about new ways of achieving the same business objectives.

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Carers’ rights at work

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are twice as likely to have poor health than those without caring responsibilities.

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Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a hot flush. The scene generated plenty of debate online, as it was a rare case of the menopause being acknowledged in a drama as an everyday occurrence.

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Ensuring the wellbeing and mental health of employees working from home

While some people are enjoying working from home, this is not the case for everyone and the negative impacts over several months are taking a toll on some employees.

Employers are unsure of their responsibilities for mental health and how to deal with performance issues, when the boundary between home and work has become blurred, they want to know how best to support their employees’ wellbeing while keeping the business on track in difficult times. This includes knowing what questions you can ask, how to address mental health issues, and how to be fair in disciplinary procedures.

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LEGAL UPDATE: Fit for Work Assessments to End

The Government announced in Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability that the Fit for Work assessment scheme is to end on 31 March 2018 following low referral rates.

The Fit for Work referral service introduced in 2014 was set up to help employers manage sickness in the workplace and provided free access to occupational health professionals for people who are off work for four weeks or more. Once an employee reached, or was expected to reach, four weeks of sickness absence they could be referred to Fit for Work by their GP or their employer. However, the scheme has had poor take-up and after months of uncertainty over its future, the Government is set to pull the plug on the scheme at the end of the month.

The abolishment of the Fit for Work scheme came after the Government released its ambitious proposals to get one million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years.

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