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Can employees take sick days as holidays?

In most circumstances, yes they can. But depending on the context, that might not be a great idea.  You might know this situation. You’re expecting…

Michael Metcalf

What are the different types of absence in an office?

You might be surprised about how many different types of workplace absence there are. In our other guides, we've mentioned the fact that there's not many universal agreements for things like maternity and paternity leave - as many policies are decided by companies themselves.…

Michael Metcalf

What sick pay entitlements do part-time employees have?

In the UK, part-time workers are protected from being unfavourably treated in comparison to full-time workers.  Importantly, part-time employees are eligible for sick pay. Read on…

Michael Metcalf

10 of the Best HR Books

Human resources is continually evolving. To stay on top of the HR game, leaders need to understand the latest trends and best practices, while learning from…

Gary Bury

Can you share parental leave?

Yes - parental leave can be shared. But there are certain conditions that need to be met for eligibility, which we'll cover below.Shared parental leave…

Michael Metcalf

Bradford Factor Alternatives for absence management

In the previous blog, we talked about what the Bradford Factor is, and whether or not it's a fair method of absence management (our conclusion: it's…

Michael Metcalf

What is the Bradford Factor? And is it really fair?

No, it’s not a West Yorkshire-based TV talent show. You’ll hear about the Bradford Factor in many HR discussions related to staff absence, but…

Michael Metcalf

Simplify your working life

Every now and then we reach a milestone; a time for reflection, renewal and planning. We tend to get bombarded with complicated systems for optimising every…

Michael Metcalf

What to do before you leave the office on holiday

Holiday breaks like Christmas, New Year or the middle of summer can leave an office looking rather sparse. It’s a blessing to be able to…

Michael Metcalf