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What is TOIL?

TOIL stands for Time Off In Lieu. It is a type of absence that an employer might offer an employee in exchange for working some pre-arranged over time. Time off in lieu is the most common alternative to paying additional wages for overtime. How does TOIL work? Time off in lieu works very simply. For…

Holiday Mangement

How To Manage Holiday Requests

Being able to effectively manage holiday requests for your employees is a key requirement of any successful business. With the restrictions for Covid-19 starting to relax in the UK, many of your employees will be looking to book some holiday. Therefore, it’s a good time to get a good refresher on how to best manage…

What Is Statutory Sick Pay

What is Statutory Sick Pay?

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is a UK Government policy to ensure eligible employees are paid when they are off sick. This policy means that it is a legal requirement for employers to pay any staff who are off sick under certain conditions. Who is eligible for Statutory Sick Pay? To be eligible for SSP from…

Alternatives To Bradford Factor

Alternatives to the Bradford Factor

When it comes to numerical metrics there are a couple of alternatives to the Bradford Factor. The biggest problem with the Bradford Factor is that a lot of employers will use it as a blanket rule to punish and even dismiss employees based on the score. What are the alternatives to the Bradford Factor? This…

Sick When On Holiday

Can I take a sick day when on holiday?

Have you ever wished you could change your holiday day to a sick day? Picture this in your mind: You’re on holiday. You’re having a great time with your friends or family. But one day, you wake up and you feel terrible. You’ve caught some nasty bug on the flight, or you’ve eaten a local…

Taking a Sick Day As Holiday

Can employees take a sick day as holiday?

The short answer, is Yes, it is fine that an employee takes a sick day as holiday. There are benefits to both the employee and the employer, but also some down sides too. Is it legal to use sick days as holiday? There is no legal reason that an employee can’t take a sick day…

What is the Bradford Factor?

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is a way to measure how much un-planned time off an employee has had, and how much of an impact it had. The basic idea behind the Bradford Factor is that it is disruptive to your company if an employee has lots of short unplanned time off. It is less disruptive if…

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Introducing Calendar Subscriptions

It is now possible for you to see your entire company absences from SkyHR directly in your regular calendar application. Our new Calendar Integration works by providing you with a link to use with Outlook, Google Calendar, or whatever calendar you use. This link will provide you calendar with the ability to retrieve and view…

Alternatives To Bradford Factor

When might the Bradford factor not work?

The Bradford Factor is everywhere in HR systems. It may even be in your company absence management processes and appraisals. It is a well-known concept that has been developed from heavy research. But is it all good, all of the time? To prevent discrimination, you should define thresholds for the Bradford factor score. This way…