All present and correct? Not necessarily…. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of lost working days due to absence in the UK has fallen to a record low. It seems the average UK worker took just 4.1 sick days last year, compared to a whopping 7.2 days in 1993. That must be good news for both employers and employees, right? Fewer days off means extra productivity for the boss, whilst more time at work would seem to indicate a fitter, healthier workforce. Well, as ever with these things, there is a hidden story to these statistics. And that hidden story can be found in the rise of what is known as presenteeism. Put simply, more and more of us are hauling ourselves in to the office when we are not really up to it.
Constructive dismissal: What you need to know. Mike is not popular with his boss. Although he works hard and to a good standard, he frequently criticises management and is regarded by his colleagues as a negative influence in the factory at which he works. So when, without warning, he is moved from day to night shifts and told he must take it or leave it, Mike puts in a claim for constructive dismissal. He argues that his employer has changed his terms of employment without notification simply to get rid of him and wins his case at an Employment Tribunal. If Mike’s case sounds familiar to you, it might be that a claim for constructive dismissal is something you should consider.