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Important changes regarding proof of sickness

A new change to the Holidays Act, coming into effect on the 31st January 2018, means that employees will be able to obtain proof of sickness from a wide range of health professionals, not just doctors. Currently the Act states that proof of sickness may be obtained from a medical practitioner, the amendment changes that to a “health practitioner” which is defined as “a person who is, or is deemed to be, registered with an authority as a practitioner of a particular health profession."  

This means that proof of sickness may include a certificate from a much wider range of professionals including (but not limited to) people registered with the:

  • Chiropractic Board
  • Dental Council
  • Dietitians Board
  • Midwifery Council
  • Occupational Therapy Board
  • Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board
  • Osteopathic Council
  • Physiotherapy Board

Any questions about what this may mean for you and your team please call me.

Keeping Employee Records

There has been more in the news last week about minimum standards and record fines for businesses not complying, you can listen to a recent story about it here.

Labour inspectors can knock on your door and request to see your employee files – are yours up to scratch? Below are some points to keep in mind when thinking about whether your employee records would pass inspection.

·      You need a signed copy of an employment agreement, and any current terms and conditions if there has been changes to anything eg position or pay, since they signed their initial agreement.

·      Your employee file also needs to contain a current position description or list of tasks.

·      Accurate wage, time, holiday and leave records (these can be electronically held).

·      Contact details, including emergency contacts.

·      Copy of any relevant work visa or drivers licence if relevant to role.

·      Training records – including induction and health and safety.

·      You need to keep these records for 7 years – even if the staff member is no longer employed.


Other items that should be in the employee file are any application forms, interview notes, performance reviews, disciplinary records and/or meeting notes.   If you have concerns about any aspect of your employee files, or would like us to come and audit your records then please get in touch.

Working from home proved a winner in recent study.

Is working from home an option for your business? A recent study by a Stanford business expert has shown how companies and employees can both benefit from flexible workplace options.

The study, which looked at a large Chinese employer with 20,000 staff, found that there was a 13% improvement in performance from people working from home and that resignations from the company dropped by 50% when employees were allowed to work from home.

When the company rolled out the “work from home” option for the whole team they reported that they made about $2000 more profit per person at home.


While this wouldn’t work for every company, if it is something you have considered implementing then make a time and we can talk about the different options and how it may fit into your business.

You can hear more about the study by watching this fascinating Tedx talk
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