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Carers could benefit from gym membership, laptops or short holidays to help keep them well when giving a high level of care to sick, frail or disabled relatives, a major study has found. Researchers led by Professor Sue Yeandle of CIRCLE (the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities) at the University of Leeds studied the impact and effectiveness of 25 multi-agency projects…

New sickness absence plan

Friday, 09 December 2011
Employers have given a cautious welcome to radical proposals to tackle the costly problem of long-term sickness absence by using independent assessors rather than family GPs to judge a person’s work capabilities.Recommendations in an independent review into sickness absence published at the end of November, suggest setting up an Independent Assessment Service (IAS) that employers and GPs can refer long-term absence cases to for bespoke…

Reforming Employment Relations

Friday, 25 November 2011
In his speech at the Engineering Employers’ Federation (23 November 2011), Vince Cable, Secretary of State, outlines “a package of measures to improve the way businesses hire, manage and end relationships with employees, when this proves to be necessary.” He proposes a radical reform of the tribunals system: “First and foremost we want to reduce the number of tribunals happening in any one year –…
The telecommunications company O2, has published a report that looked at the future of work and flexible working. The report found that 27% of respondents felt that their performance is primarily measured by the time they spend in the office, rather than their output and the same number also said that they felt they were prevented from working flexibly by their line managers. EFC has…
Employers for Carers is delighted to welcome Lucy McLynn, Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, who has kindly agreed to act as Honorary Legal Advisor. McLynn is ranked by Chambers UK Legal Directory as a Leader in the field of Employment, and recommended by the Legal 500 Directory and Chambers. She is a panellist on Radio 4's Money Box Live on topics including carers' rights and…