Category Archives: HR Services

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

On 13 September 2018 the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent. This Act will create a new legal obligation on employers to provide paid leave to bereaved parents.  When the Act comes into force, it will allow parents who are dealing with the death of a child under the age of 18 to two weeks statutory paid leave if they wish to utilise this.

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10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day

There are many Mental Health Awareness courses which are designed to help assist businesses in being able to start conversations about mental health and also support employees who are experiencing mental ill-health. Recent reports suggest that, 60% of employees have experienced a mental health problem due to work and that 31% have been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue.

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Flexible working

An effective and efficient workforce is key to the success of any business and is reliant on having the right people with the necessary skills and experience to carry out the required tasks. Many employers are unsure how to deal with a request for flexible working, often believing incorrectly that only parents with young children can apply for flexible working. Employers often view flexible working as a challenge rather than an opportunity.

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Workplace Mental Health Awareness

According to the BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, it is estimated that more than one in three people are affected by a mental health problem each year, with the most commonly reported illnesses in Scotland being depression and anxiety. In addition it has been found that on average 1 in 3 GP appointments relate to a mental health problem (BBC, 2016).

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