Employment Law/Managing Staff Absences

25th July 2010
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Managing Staff Absence

Apparently statistics show that in this country staff are absent from work on average 7.4 days per year, and these absences cost businesses an average of £710 per employee per year.

If for example your business employs 10 staff with average absence rates, then you could be losing £7,100 a year!  This does not even cover other consequences of staff absence such as reduced productivity, additional costs of overtime for others and poor customer service.

There are a number of methods which can help to reduce and manage staff absenteeism.  These include:-

(a)      limits or restrictions on contractual sick pay, e.g. only at the discretion of the employer;

(b)      return to work interviews, so that staff that may be ‘swinging the lead’ know they are being monitored and may need to give full explanations of absences;

(c)       disciplinary procedures for unacceptable absence levels, which can cover frequent short absences;

(d)      a contractual requirement to have an employee medically examined by an independent doctor in order to confirm the employee’s medical condition;

(e)      the use of trigger mechanisms to monitor attendance such as the Bradford Factor;

(f)        having line managers trained in absence management; and

(g)      incentives to keep staff at work (e.g. rewards for good attendance records – but beware employees who when really unfit for work will come in in order to preserve their good attendance record!).

Daven Naghen, head of our Employment Team, advises that “Every business has different needs, and some of the above methods work for some and not others.  However it is essential that all businesses have suitable policies and procedures in place to manage staff absences.  If these policies and procedures are properly implemented, with appropriate action taken when applicable, then the level of staff absences should reduce significantly and this will provide the business with significant cost savings as well as improved productivity.”

If you need your policies and procedures reviewing, or even prepared from scratch, then please contact Daven on 01775 722261 or email daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com

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Property Protection Trusts

Property Protection Trusts and Protecting your Property from Care Home Fees

Many people are concerned that as they get older, they may need to move into a care home and the cost of such care can be very expensive. Many people are therefore looking for ways to protect their assets from care home fees.

In recent years “Property Protection Trusts” have been promoted as being the failsafe, guaranteed way of protecting your property from care home fees. Many companies promoting such trusts are unregulated and their products such as Property Protection Trusts are being promoted and sold by sometimes nothing more than a very persuasive salesperson.

It is likely that your home is your largest asset and you should be very cautious before making any decisions with regard to your largest asset and the roof over your head. Indeed a Property Protection Trust may not even protect your home from being sold to pay for care fees or could cause tax implications and therefore it is very important that you take advice from one of our lawyers before making any decisions with regard to such Property Protection Trusts.

These Trusts can be brought to people’s attention either from cold calling, arranging home visits and sometimes even from kiosks or stalls in public areas. The people “selling” Property Protection Trusts to you can be very persuasive and may not be providing you with correct information or all of the information you should have before making a decision regarding your property. Their fees are often excessive.

In some cases, these companies even offer Lasting Powers of Attorney at what they claim to be a reduced rate. People should take caution as these “cheap” Lasting Powers of Attorney often result in being more expensive than our own charges and the companies involved often do not provide the correct advice or the necessary advice for you.

If you have been contacted by someone discussing Property Protection Trusts and would like to discuss this further with one of the lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department of this firm or you have already created a Property Protection Trust but would like to take further advice then please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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