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Using LeaveMaster, you can book and approve time off and keep track of who’s in and who’s out of the office, quickly, easily and efficiently. It gives everyone in your company access to a fast and fuss-free online system.

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Because we developed LeaveMaster to substantially reduce the amount of time your employees and managers need to spend on holiday and absence administration, we’ve made it as simple and as effortless to use as possible.

In fact, booking and approving holidays, and recording and monitoring all types of absence, on LeaveMaster is so quick and easy, we’re confident that, when you implement LeaveMaster in your organisation, you will only need to provide your employees with minimal, if any, user training.

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By allowing employees and managers to book, authorise and monitor any type of leave or absence using a fast, online system, LeaveMaster automates and accelerates your organisation’s entire holiday booking and absence management process and offers an outstanding return on investment.

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We are pleased to announce that we have added a Frequently Asked Questions section to the LeaveMaster website.

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The new European Court of Justice ruling that will allow employees who fall ill on holiday to convert their annual leave into sick leave will have a negative impact on over half of Britain’s small businesses, a poll   has found.

The poll was conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) who interviewed almost 1,500 small businesses, with 54% of respondents saying that allowing employees who fall ill during a period of scheduled annual leave to convert their holiday into sick leave and rearrange their annual leave for a later date, will have a negative affect on their business.
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The chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs committee, Dr Laurence Buckman, has expressed concerns about the government’s new “fit note” system, which came into effect on April 6.

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According to the latest employee absence management survey  conducted by the CIPD, the majority of working time that is lost to absence in the UK every year is the result of short-term absences.

The CIPD's tenth national survey of absence management policy and practice found that approximately two-thirds of all working time lost to absence in the UK is the result of short term sick leave of up to seven days, with only 17% caused by absences of between eight days and four weeks, and a similar percentage caused by absences of four weeks or longer.

Short-term staff absences arguably cause much more damage to businesses than longer-term employee absenteeism. When an employee is away for a long period, their work can usually be parcelled out and cover arranged for their position. But if a member of staff suddenly takes a day off sick, cover usually can’t be arranged in time and, instead, key tasks are either neglected, or the absentee’s colleagues have to do extra work: affecting productivity and morale.

By using LeaveMaster in conjunction with the Bradford Factor, however, you can deter unwarranted staff absenteeism and significantly reduce the number of short-term absences in your organisation.

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According to an article posted on the BBC website last week, Merseyside Fire and Rescue has cut its sickness absence rates in half by introducing an incentive scheme that rewards 100% attendance.

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Today sees the launch of the government’s new "fit note" scheme, which 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.

However, according to the findings of a new survey , only 22% of employers believe these new “fit notes” will reduce absence levels in their organisations.

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