It’s that time again…

It’s time to hear, what we consider to be, the latest and greatest HR and staff absence news.

As always, click on the links to find out more from various sources around the web…

Strike action absenteeism hits levels last seen in Thatcher years

Two national days of co-ordinated public sector strike action in the UK last year have contributed to the highest level of working days lost to industrial action since 1990. Working days lost to industrial action rose to 1.4 million, involving more than 1.5 million workers who took part in industrial action last year.

‘Sickies’ to become much harder to take, thanks to latest technologies

More than a third of staff think that ‘pulling a sickie’ will get more difficult as technology improves a boss’s ability to keep an eye on their employees. Are we destined for an Orwellian world?

Flexible working during the Olympics: a legal opinion

Top tips and an overview of the legal considerations for flexible working plans during the Olympics, from Laura Evans, employment lawyer at Fox Williams LLP.