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In yesterday’s blog, we discussed how the government’s new “fit note” scheme has received a lukewarm response from doctors and employers.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the number of days lost to absence in the UK every year, by allowing doctors to say what work staff, who would otherwise be off on long-term sick leave, can do, as well as what they cannot.
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The government’s new “fit note” scheme, which came into effect last month, does not appear to have been particularly effective in reducing staff absenteeism, having neither been embraced by employers or GPs.

The scheme replaces the traditional doctor's sick note with an electronic Statement of Fitness for Work that allows doctors to say what work their patients can do as well as what they cannot.

But according to an article (link to: ) published on hrmagazine.co.uk, fit notes have so far received a lukewarm reaction from both GPs and employers.

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With the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup less than a month away, the CIPD has issued a guide for employers on managing staff absence during the tournament.

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An advertising campaign for Coca-Cola’s Glaceau Vitamin Water brand, which appears to encourage staff to take unwarranted sick days, has been criticised by the former head of the CBI, as well as small business groups.

The text of the advert reads: “If you’ve had to use sick days because you’ve actually been sick, then you’re seriously missing out….the trick is to stay perky and use sick days to just not go in.”

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One of the benefits of implementing LeaveMaster in your organisation is that it speeds up and streamlines key HR processes and procedures that would otherwise be time-consuming and labour intensive, such as filling in holiday forms, processing leave requests, recording staff absences and calculating leave balances.

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Following the Department of Health’s pledge to save over £4 billion in the NHS, including savings of £550 million in reduced absence costs, efficiency savings have become a hot topic.

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In an earlier blog this week, we discussed how LeaveMaster can be easily integrated with systems and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Portal and Windows Active Directory. But did you know you can also easily and seamlessly integrate LeaveMaster with Microsoft Outlook?

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When we developed LeaveMaster, we designed it to be a seamless part of an organisation’s day-to-day activities and working procedures, so that staff and managers could quickly and effortlessly book and authorise leave, and manage all forms of absence, without interrupting their work.
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