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April 2018

When does a termination letter become valid?

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The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited landmark decision in the appeal of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood, ruling that notice of termination takes effect neither when the termination letter is posted by the employer, nor when it is put through the employee’s front door but when the employee actually reads it.  This will therefore effect when they can put claims in.

Number of workers with poor mental health increased by 14%

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Poor mental health is the most common reason for people to take time off work, costing businesses an estimated £10.6bn in sickness absence and £21.2bn in reduced productivity per year, according to NHS data.

The news follows recent NHS analysis of 12 million GP-issued fit notes, which found that one in three were linked to mental or behavioural disorders. The number of workers signed off sick or placed under restricted duties because of stress or anxiety increased by 14 per cent between 2015-16 and 2016-17. For more information, click the link below…

Contact Elcons for advice about long term sickness or for assistance with putting processes in place to help prevent it happening in the first place.

Failure to follow Acas Code of Practice could result in compensation

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Employers should use a fair and consistent procedure when dismissing employee. Failure to follow the Acas Code of Practice could result in compensation being increased by 25 per cent. Employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.

There are detailed provisions for each stage of the procedure that should be followed and employers should seek advice if in doubt.

Speak to Elcons to ensure you follow the proper process.