Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – advice for employers - updated 29/05/20

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, and numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK continue to grow. It’s crucial that employers and employees are aware of the correct steps to take in stemming its outbreak.

Our employer's guide brings together the most up-to-date sources of information and outlines the steps that FirstCare is...

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Workforce Wellbeing 2020 : Your New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year begins, we all make resolutions to change. From exercising more to eating and drinking less, our goals are often wellbeing based.

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“Please don’t confuse your Google search with my medical degree”. The dangers of Googling medical advice

In the digital age we all rely a little too much on Google. The search engine giant now processes over 40,000 queries per second - a staggering 3.5 billion searches every day worldwide.

When we reach for Google, we’re looking for the answer, and one of the biggest questions we often ask relates to our health.

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Why you need more than a call-in Automated Voice Response (AVR)

While Automated Voice Response (AVR) systems may be a tried and trusted tool, commonplace in many organisations, there’s no denying the fact that they have significant limitations.

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How to ensure your trust is compliant with NHS sickness absence guidelines

Are you focused on delivering high quality care for your patients? Then you need to take steps to ensure that your employees are well and at work by upholding best practice when it comes to NHS absence guidelines.

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Is late intervention costing you money?

Long-term sickness absence is a growing problem in the UK. It cost UK businesses £3.13 billion in 2012 and, as the make-up of the workforce changes and the number of older workers increases, is set to reach £4.81 billion by 2030 – a 15% increase.

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Flawed But Full Of Potential – The FirstCare Analysis Of The Fit Note Process

 Fit notes are supposed to help employees return to work faster. But the current system means employers and GPs are struggling to use them effectively. Read our guide on the FirstCare analysis of the fit note process.

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Allergy Awareness Week: Ways to reduce allergy-related absence

25th April to 1st May is Allergy Awareness Week, which is an excellent time to look at the effects of allergy-related absence in the workplace.

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Sick pay: A short guide for employers

This content has now been updated. Please click here for our New 2019 Sick Pay Guide for Employers.

Are you confused about the obligations you have to your employees when it comes to time off for sickness? Is absence a problem for your organisation? Are you concerned that sick pay excesses are affecting your overall profitability?

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Fit for Work: The implications for employers and employees

The Government’s national Fit for Work scheme was unveiled earlier this year in a bid to tackle long-term sickness absence in the workplace across England, Scotland and Wales.

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