public sector

Sick-note culture persists despite record absence low, CBI claims

Absence from work in the UK has dropped to a record low, according to the latest workplace absence survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), yet the organisation believes the 'sick-note' culture is still prevalent. Read More

Sports-ground safety – Safer united

Since the heyday of the Colosseum in Rome, sporting spectacles have attracted large crowds, the management of which is inherently difficult. The tragedies that have occurred at sports stadia in recent memory demonstrate the critical need for effective planning, organisation, control and monitoring of such large gatherings, as Ken Mosley explains. Read More

Scottish Government puts weight behind competence in construction

In what is being described as a boost for health and safety on construction sites in Scotland, its Government is insisting that all on-site workers involved in public-sector construction contracts are registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), or equivalent. Read More

Stress jumps to top of sickness-absence chart

For the first time, stress has topped the list of reasons for long-term sickness absence among both manual and non-manual employees, according to the latest absence management survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Read More

Corporate manslaughter law extended to custody premises

Deaths in custody will soon be covered by the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, after MPs and peers backed their inclusion. Read More

Job-security worries lead bullied workers to suffer in silence

One in four workers says that staff cutbacks have led to more bullying in the workplace, but more than half of those bullied are too scared to raise the issue with management for fear of losing their job. Read More

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