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The benefits of longer appointment times

May 25th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

Occupational Health management referrals are usually triggered when an employee has a health condition that has either caused them to be absent from work or is affecting their performance at work.  The occupational health assessment is undertaken to support employers and employees, to enable the employee to get well enough to return to work or…


Health benefits and expenses which are exempt from tax

May 16th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

There are a number of health benefits and expenses which can be offered by an employer to their employees, without the employer being required to report these to the HMRC, pay tax or pay National Insurance on them.  Where these exemptions or concessions apply, the employee’s tax is not affected, and the payments or expenses…


Sickness Absence: What are my responsibilities as an employer

May 4th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

As an employer dealing with long term sickness absence and frequent absences, you have a variety of legal responsibilities. Several laws are relevant when managing sick leave and return to work, such as the Equality Act, the Employment Rights Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act.  Employees are more likely to return to…


How to provide support to employees who are anxious about a COVID-19 second wave.

October 6th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Paul Hinckley, Occupational Health Nurse Advisor at Staywell Occupational Health – October 2020 We have all been on a challenging and difficult journey so far in 2020, we may have come to terms with the immediate urgency that coronavirus has brought, but now what? The threat of COVID-19 remains with us, and whilst research into…


Coronavirus Shielding Advice explained

April 22nd, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Jane Lavery, Senior Occupational Health nurse at Staywell Occupational Health – 22nd April 2020 There has been a lot of confusion about the requirement for self-isolation, social distancing and shielding.  Self-isolation is required when individuals and others in their household have symptoms.  Shielding is required for those who are considered extremely vulnerable and is…


RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19: Advice for Employers

April 17th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Jane Lavery, Senior Occupational Health Nurse at Staywell Occupational Health – 17th April 2020 RIDDOR was first introduced in 1980 and has seen updates since this time including new advice related to Coronavirus.  RIDDOR requires employers to report any major incidents, near misses or dangerous occurrences to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). In…


How Coronavirus has affected the way we Drink

April 16th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Jane Lavery, Senior Occupational Health Nurse at Staywell Occupational Health – 16th April 2020 Alongside stockpiling of toilet roll and flour, we saw a similar impact in the alcohol aisle.  Maybe this behaviour was triggered by the closing of pubs and restaurants leading to a perception that alcohol would be less accessible for a…


Ergonomic advice for those newly working from home

April 7th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Jane Lavery, Senior Occupational Health Nurse at Staywell Occupational Health – 7th April 2020 I have been a home worker for the past 12 months, so I have personal experience of the impact on fitness when work moves to the remote office.  In the same way that many of you may be working from…


COVID-19: Why does testing matter?

April 3rd, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Paul Hinckley, Occupational Health Advisor at Staywell Occupational Health – 3rd April 2020 At the present time, as Coronavirus continues to spread, and more cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the virus) are reported, the UK has been criticised for its slow response in testing more individuals. At the time of writing, testing…