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City News April 2012

As we enter the second quarter of 2012, Christmas and the New Year seem long forgotten, however the optimism and positive approach to 2012 from our clients and the businesses we meet daily is still evident despite the 'Double Dip' confirmation and the media's pursuit of bad news stories for UK Ltd. Unfortunately not all businesses have been able to leverage their positive approach and optimism and in some cases, shrinkage of headcounts and a reduction in spends have been necessary.

Against this background of uncertainty and continued challenges it's not surprising that stress is now recognised as the main contributor to long-term sickness, overtaking musculoskeletal and acute medical conditions as the main contributors. How we respond to this and manage the issue if it occurs is as important as adopting strategies to avoid this becoming an issue for your business. We offer some facts and solutions later in this newsletter.

Since January we have also experienced an increase in the number of enquiries questioning the issues surrounding asbestos awareness refresher training. This is still an ongoing issue for many clients across all sectors; litigation cases continue to increase and the subject is particularly relevant still in Schools. Read our update in the Health and Safety section and contact us if you still have any worries.

Less than 90 days to go before the London Olympic Games and we look forward to working with you all to plan and manage the lead-in and the period of time during the Olympics to ensure that we can all enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the full whilst also focusing on our continued business needs and objectives.

Human Resources

HR Legislation Changes - April 2012
The 6th April 2012 was an important date in the employment calendar for a number of reaons.
[Read more]

'In conversation with...'
This month, I'm talking to Alison Game, Park City's HR Operations Manager. [Read more]
Next month I'm talking to Elisabetta Valdani, one of Park City's HR Consultants' Assistants. Watch this space...!

Health & Safety

Asbestos Awareness Refresher Training
There appears to be considerable confusion within many companies as to the arrangements they need to put in place for Asbestos Awareness Refresher Training to ensure they meet their legal obligations.
[Read more]

New Survey shows Stress is top long-term sickness
According to the latest Absence Management Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) stress has topped the list of reasons for long-term sickness absence. [Read more]

Training & Development

4-Day IOSH Managing Safely Training
Tues 1 & Wed 2 May 2012 followed by Tues 15 & Wed 16 May 2012, 9.30am - 4.30pm each day
£495 + VAT for clients; £69 + VAT for non-clients.

Health & Safety Basics Awareness Training
for Managers & Supervisors
Wednesday 9 May 2012, 9.30am - 12.00pm
Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

Principles of Risk Assessment Training
Wednesday 9 May 2012, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

Carrying out Investigations Management Skills Training
Friday 18 May 2012, 9.30am - 1.00pm
£99 + VAT per delegate.

Safer Recruitment Seminar
Monday 21 May 2012, 9.30am - 12.00pm
£50 + VAT per delegate.

For bookings for further information on our HR and H&S Training Programme, please contact Kelly Halls on
0800 542 7540 or by email [email protected]

Click here for our May - July 2012 Training Schedule for further courses scheduled.



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