Managing sickness absence – tips for employers
by Tamara Barbeary & Sunny Rafaeli
Sickness absence can take many forms and can be complicated and sensitive for employers to manage. Absences may be short or long term, pregnancy related, disability related, due to work related stress etc. Each case will present its own particular challenges.
Mistakes in the process of managing sickness absence can be costly and may result in employment tribunal claims against employers for unfair dismissal or discrimination. We understand that navigating through this process can be challenging for employees and employers. We have put together 10 key tips for employers to help manage the process, promote wellbeing in the workplace and avoid costly disputes.
Tip 1 – Ensure that terms and conditions are clear about sickness absence and implement a full sickness absence policy:
Tip 2 – Take proactive steps to improve staff health and wellbeing:
Tip 3 – Keep a paper trail and ensure medical information is kept confidentially:
Tip 4 – Ensure any discretion to pay company sick pay is exercised fairly and consistently:
Tip 5 – Recognise that different approaches may be needed depending on the type of sickness absence:
Tip 6 – Consider disability and reasonable adjustments:
Tip 7 – Keep in contact with the employee:
Tip 8 – Implement an effective return to work plan:
Tip 9 – Consider alternatives to dismissal:
Tip 10 – Make sure the correct procedure is followed for dismissal:
DISCLAIMER: The content of this article has been prepared for informational purposes only. The content does not constitute legal advice nor does it give rise to a solicitor/client relationship. Specialist legal advice should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
If you do require specific assistance in relation to the above issues or any other employment related matters, please contact our specialist team here at Lennons.
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