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Ellis Whittam | HR and Health & Safety News

Welcome to the latest Ellis Whittam bulletin bringing you the latest HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety news and tips:

Employment Law & HR News
Flexible Working – making it work for your business
Some surveys have shown that employees will turn down a job because it offers no flexible working. Have a look here at the different ways to incorporate flexible working into your day-to-day operations.

Alcohol in the workplace
The case of Egypt’s goalkeeper refusing to accept the Man of the Match trophy at the World Cup because of its association with alcohol has highlighted the need to be mindful of alcohol in the workplace. You can read our guidance here.

Do employers need to provide a prayer room?
Some of your employees may pray, but are you under an obligation to provide a suitable place to do this? You can find out what you need to know in this blog.

Dealing with employees who don’t take a holiday
They sound like the perfect employee don’t they? But could there be more to this than meets the eye? Could they be afraid of taking annual leave? Or is their lack of time off affecting productivity? Read more about this here.

Supporting employees who are carers
Being a carer is very challenging and more so when you are working a full-time job. Employees can struggle to juggle commitments and this can negatively impact their day-to-day role. If it all gets too much for them, it can also lead to absences from work or resignations. Find out how to support them.

Health & Safety News
Hot weather in the workplace – A health & safety perspective
Does the current heatwave give you cause for concern about the temperature in your workplace? Are you getting questions about the law? You can read everything you need to know about it here.

Bonkers H&S ban on water cooler?
As the hot weather continues one Primary Care Centre has decided that providing a water cooler is a Health & Safety risk. Find out what the reason for this is in this news item.

‘Wholly avoidable’ fatality
A manufacturer has been fined after an employee died in the workplace. How did this happen?

Thank you for reading. As ever, if there’s anything you need help with, please don’t hesitate to get back to me.

Mark Ellis
Founder & Executive Director
Ellis Whittam Limited

Source: Ellis Whittam, 21st August 2018 Bulletin
August 2018

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