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1303, 2020

Can you send an employee home for having a hangover? 

March 13, 2020|Categories: Absence Management, All, Disciplinary and Dismissal, Performance Management|

As St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, your employees may be hungover or drunk at work. The St. Patrick’s Day parades are cancelled, but staff may still be worse for wear the following morning. What are your rights when dealing with this matter? Problems with workplace hangovers Lower productivity. Reduced workplace morale. Customer service is of a lower standard. Co-ordination, attention span and reaction speed is slowed. Employee suspension or termination. How do you manage an employee that is over the limit at work? HR Team Director, Breda Cullen, says: “It is recommended to have a witness [...]

3008, 2018

Can an employee take pet bereavement leave?

August 30, 2018|Categories: Absence Management, All, Legislation Updates|

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave when a pet passes away? The short answer is 'no!' However, HR Team recommends that employers have a policy in place in relation to employees seeking bereavement leave when their beloved pet dies. This should especially be the case in relation to companies that already allow workers to bring their pets to the workplace. In the UK, for example, around 8% of employees are allowed to take their dogs to work. Airbnb's offices in Dublin is one of a few examples of 'animal-friendly' employers in Ireland.   Across the three jurisdictions in which [...]

2004, 2017

Employer caution urged after study reveals obese pull more sickies

April 20, 2017|Categories: Absence Management, All, Disciplinary and Dismissal|

Employers are being warned not to be influenced by new findings that obese employees are more likely to take sick leave. Human resources and employment law experts at HR Team are advising employers not to lose sight of employment legislation following the publication of a report that states overweight people are more likely to take sick leave. Spanish researchers have found that overweight and obese people are also more likely to suffer an occupational injury. The ICARIA study investigated the health and number of sick days taken by 174, 000 employees. But although the findings are backed by science, employers [...]

2702, 2017

Managing bereavement leave in the workplace

February 27, 2017|Categories: Absence Management, All|Tags: , |

When tech giant Facebook announced a doubling of its bereavement leave allowance for staff, it brought into focus what can often be a grey area for employers. Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who lost her husband in 2015, said the company's change in policy was driven by a need for "public policies that make it easier for people to care for their children and aging parents and for families to mourn and heal after loss." Sadly, most people will experience the loss of a loved one at some stage in their career, meaning that as an employee they will [...]

2108, 2015

Sick of the sick note – employers need not despair

August 21, 2015|Categories: Absence Management, All|Tags: , , |

By Miss Performance If I had a penny for each time an employer sighs at the arrival of a sick note, I’d be living in a palace and bathing in milk. Unfortunately I’m still in our Derry-Londonderry office hammering on the keyboard with no more than a glass of stale milk and a cup of cooling coffee - but hey, that’s no cause for despair. Equally employers need not despair when faced with cases of long term absence as there are many steps they can take to solve their issue with minimum risk. The sick note is a fact of [...]

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