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Handling Sickness Absence

Sickness absence is costly for your business, often resulting in increased management time, as well as the expense of sick pay and the added pressure on other employees who have to pick up the extra workload.

Sickness absence needs to be carefully monitored and managed to ensure it does not damage your business.

Employers also need to be wary of the reasons for sickness and ensure that there is no underlying disability, which is very widely defined in legal terms. If your employee’s sickness is related to a disability, the law puts extra responsibilities on you to ensure that they are not discriminated against. What those duties amount to will depend on individual circumstances. There is no cap on compensation on claims for discrimination so it is vital to take advice, both medical and legal.

Whether the sickness absence is long term or a series of short term absences, we can help you to manage the process and seek to improve the situation. If the situation cannot be improved, we can assist you with carrying out a fair process and ultimately dismissing the employee. Our main aim is always to work with you to help you run your business.

If you need help with sickness absence or any other employment issue, call one of our dedicated employment law specialists Maeve Vickery, Sarah Sherratt or Hugh Reid now. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

 

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