Can an employee take annual leave while on long-term sickness absence?

An employee who is on long-term sickness absence may wish to book a period of annual leave in order to receive full pay for that period, for example if they have exhausted all entitlement to sick pay, or is receiving only statutory sick pay. The law does not prevent employees from taking annual leave while on sickness absence. It would usually be in an employer’s interests to agree to an employee’s request to take annual leave, to avoid them accruing significant amounts of leave while on sickness absence. If it…

Meraki HR are Springing into action to help you resolve your biggest People Challenges!

To sign up for one, two or all three packages then contact us with your preferred package(s), and we will put in place the necessary arrangements to address your key challenges. Are you struggling to attract the right people to work for you? If so, you need the Fatal Attraction Package – £1,995 We conduct an Employer Brand Audit and we look at everything you do to “sell and promote” your employer brand to prospective candidates, right from how you write your Job Descriptions, your Job Adverts, your Careers Page…

Let’s not talk about the Great Resignation, let’s talk about the Great Revelation!

Increased flexibility and greater autonomy during the pandemic afforded workers more time to spend pursuing interests outside of work and even spend more time with their children and partners, and most of us decided that we quite liked these changes! Companies that have remote workers tend to fall into two different types of remote working. Remote companies are either fully or partially remote. Sometimes, they also require people to work from a number of locations. However, central to the majority of remote companies is that most team members have the…

March’s TOP 5 HR Questions

1.What should the employer do if an employee is reluctant to return to work as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted? Employers should recognise that many people will naturally be nervous about attending work and increasing their risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). If an employee is reluctant to return to the workplace, the employer should explore their reasons and try to address any specific concerns they have, taking their individual circumstances into account. The Governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have continued to encourage employers to support employees to work…

How to attract and retain employees in a challenging recruitment market

Employers need to take a wide range of factors into account when they are reviewing why employees want to come to work for them, and stay, and guess what?  It’s not just about salary! Here we take a look at four key drivers of employee engagement, which are particularly important because of the challenging recruitment market we find ourselves in. Here are some fundamental basics that you need to get right to help you recruit and retain the talent you need in 2022. 1.Look at how you recognise and value…

According to Forbes, there’s a resignation Tsunami about to hit UK shores so how are you going to retain your staff this year?

You need to be GREAT EMPLOYER if you want to hold onto your best staff. Complete our short questionnaire to find out if you are meeting the mark! When employers talk about the talent shortages we are experiencing, they typically point to the factors out of their control: such as the Pandemic and the economic recovery and the growing talent shortage across industries. In some ways, they’re not wrong. But in my experience, employers have more control over the retention of their staff than they think. Taking charge requires addressing…

How to attract and retain employees during the War for Talent!

Employers need to take a wide range of factors into account when they are reviewing why employees want to come to work for them, and stay, and its not just about salary! Here we take a look at four key drivers of employee engagement, which are particularly important because of the challenging market we find ourselves in. Here are some fundamental basics that you need to get right to help you recruit and retain the talent you need in 2022. 1.Look at how you recognise and value your employees Recognising…

How to create a Disruptive Recruitment Strategy to hire and retain the best talent!

According to Forbes, there’s a resignation Tsunami about to hit UK shores so you need to make sure you’re a great employer if you want to hold onto your best talent or looking to hire the best talent! When employers talk about the talent shortage in 2021, they typically point to the factors out of their control: such as the Pandemic, the economic recovery and the growing talent shortage across industries. In some ways, they’re not wrong. But in my experience, employers have more control over hiring and retaining talent…

What are the key HR topics that we should be focussing on as a business in 2022?

Understatement of the year award incoming, but 2020 and 2021 changed the way we work forever. But like most things in life, it’s how you deal with change that counts, and 2022 is certainly the year that your business will need to make its people a top priority if you want to avoid the mass resignations that are predicted. So, what are the key HR/People trends for 2022 going to be and how can you prepare for them?  If you want to get ahead of the curve, here’s the top…

Your Top 5 HR Questions this Year

Here’s our round up of the most frequently asked HR questions this year: 1.We are just about to review salaries for our staff, but what is everyone else doing as far as pay reviews/increases?   New research has found that UK employers are planning to give their staff an average annual pay rise of 2.9% in 2022. A total of 725 UK firms took part in a study about salary budgets and recruitment by Willis Towers Watson (WTW), which revealed that 2022’s pay increase is set to be more than the…