WorkLife entries posted during September 2014

Unlimited holidays, unlimited headaches? The legal consequences of a laissez faire attitude to annual leave

Unlimited holidays, unlimited headaches?  The legal consequences of a laissez faire attitude to annual leave

This week Sir Richard Branson announced, via his  website , that he is offering his personal staff as much holiday as they want.  This appears to mean that he is doing away with the Virgin Group parent company’s vacation policy and allowing employees to take as much time off as they need without prior approval.  Their managers will also not be expected to keep track of annual leave.

Dad matters

Dad matters

Last week, Rebecca mentioned that from 1 October expectant fathers or partners of pregnant women will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend ante-natal appointments with their partner . Having had a chance to review the recent guidance published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, I will look at the practicalities of how this will work in further detail.

Why the Rooney Rule matters

Why the Rooney Rule matters

The Malky Mackay texts controversy, and subsequent comments emanating from the League Managers' Association, brought the question of race in professional football firmly back into the spotlight.  Following Chris Powell's recent appointment as manager of Huddersfield earlier this month, there is currently only one black manager in all of the 92 league clubs in England.  Does English football have a race problem, particularly in relation to management and coaching positions?  If so, what can be...

Mental Health at Work (Part 2) - the Health and Work Service

Mental Health at Work (Part 2) - the Health and Work Service

This article is the second in a series of posts aimed at helping employers deal with mental health issues that arise in the workplace.  Our previous post referred to the new Health and Work Service (“HWS”), a government initiative aimed at ensuring a faster and more effective return to work for employees on long-term sickness absence. The government recently announced that the contract for HWS has been awarded to Health Management Limited which is owned by Maximus , the UK’s largest independe...

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