Managing Sickness Absence Employment Law for Employers

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Our Employment Law Solicitors have considerable experience in dealing with absence management and potential disability discrimination issues.

We will get to know your business/organisation and shape our legal advice around your objectives, rather than adopt a one-size-fits-all approach. We understand that employer clients aren’t all the same, so while some may favour an empathetic and understanding approach, other employers may want and prefer a robust stance to be taken.

Our Employment team are very hands-on and proactive, and to suit our business clients’ needs, we can deal directly with employees or give advice behind the scenes, depending on what you prefer.

We promise to deliver a friendly, down-to-earth and reliable service, and we’ll ensure we are available if you need to contact us. We’ll also be completely upfront about our legal fees and discuss costs with you before carrying out any work.

Furthermore, we’ll provide technically astute and practical legal and strategic advice in a jargon-free manner.

For initial advice get in touch with our Employment Solicitors for Business.

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More Information on Managing Sickness Absence

Employers are often faced with the challenge of managing employees who have been off sick. This may include long-term absence or a series of short-term absences (known as intermittent absences).

In dealing with absence management, it’s advisable for employers to have appropriate sickness absence policies and procedures in place.      

If employee absence isn’t managed in the correct way, this could result in a loss of productivity or poor staff morale. Following an incorrect process could also result in claims being issued by former employees, which may lead to time and money being spent on legal proceedings.

Employees who have high rates of absence may be covered under the Equality Act as having a disability. In such circumstances, an employer is under an obligation to put reasonable adjustments in place to assist the employee.               

It may also get to the stage where an employee’s absence levels are unsustainable, so employers may take the decision to dismiss an employee with a poor attendance record. But before doing so, it’s important that employers are aware of the necessary steps that they should follow.  

Our Business Employment Law Solicitors can either review your existing policies in relation to absence management or draft new policy documents if your company doesn’t already have an existing policy. We can also provide workplace training for employers in terms of how to deal with absence management issues.     

From an early stage, we can discuss any issues that you may have with your employees in terms of absence management, and produce a clear strategy in terms of how to deal with the issue in a commercial way that meets the needs of your business.       

We can provide template documents regarding the absence management process, and ongoing advice and support on how to tackle absence management issues with your employees.

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