Tag Archives: sick leave

Singapore: Focus on fixed-term employees

On 31 July 2017 the Tripartite Alliance issued the Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees (First Standard), (Tripartite Standards). The Tripartite Standards are the first of five new standards seek to encourage fair and progressive labour practices in … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Legislative Council to consider reinstatement remedy for unfair dismissal claims

On 25 April 2017, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2017 was introduced for first reading in the Legislative Council. This Bill follows a similar Bill proposed in 2016 and if passed, will strengthen the Labour Tribunal’s power to make an order … Continue reading

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UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge

From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading

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UK: Dismissal for long-term sickness – new medical evidence at internal appeal

Employers should ensure they investigate any evidence that a long-term sick employee may soon be able to return to work before deciding to dismiss, even if that evidence is questionable and produced only at a late stage.

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Singapore: Compliance Check – Workplace Incident Reporting

The Ministry of Manpower requires employers, workplace occupiers, and doctors to report workplace incidents where an employee, a self-employed person, or a member of the public dies, is injured or contracts a disease in certain circumstances. Is your company compliant?

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Australia: Key decision on directing employees to see a doctor

The Full Federal Court has handed down a decision on an employer’s right to direct attendance at a medical appointment, and whether an employer can validly dismiss an employee for failing to follow such a direction. The Full Court’s decision is … Continue reading

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Australia: One size plaster cast does not fit all – Navigating the pitfalls of dismissing an injured or incapacitated worker

In brief Many employers will, at some point, be faced with the difficult task of terminating the employment of an employee who has been absent from work for some time and is no longer able to perform their job due … Continue reading

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UK: Unfair dismissal – “taking a sickie” is gross misconduct

An employer can fairly dismiss for gross misconduct where it has a genuine and reasonable belief (after reasonable investigation) that an employee has dishonestly exaggerated their condition and fraudulently claimed sick leave and pay. The EAT confirmed in Metroline West … Continue reading

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UK: Discipline – raising non-urgent or trivial concerns while an employee is on stress-related sick leave may amount to constructive dismissal

Employers should consider carefully whether it is necessary to raise disciplinary concerns with an employee while they are absent on stress-related sick leave, or whether they could defer doing so until the employee's return. Raising concerns which are not serious … Continue reading

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UK: Unfair dismissal – employer contribution to ill-health relevant to when it will be fair to dismiss

Two recent cases illustrate the need for employers to take into account their own contribution to an employee's ill-health when determining whether and when to dismiss for sickness absence. This is so, not only where the employer causes the ill … Continue reading

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