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Last year’s Industrial Society research entitled “Maximising Attendance” revealed that sickness absence costs the UK economy £13bn annually. It is surprising, therefore, that only 28 per cent of organisations claim to record all absences, and that there still seems to be a belief that nothing can be done to improve the situation. Companies that have […]

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The news that the Lord Chancellor was to finally part company with the “no fault” divorce in January was as inevitable as the arrival of a decree absolute through the letter box. It was also met with the same wildly divergent responses by the parties involved. As far as the anti-divorce lobby was concerned this […]

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Vivendi appoints ten firms to its UK panel

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