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Editor's message: As well as resulting in increased salary, overtime and temporary cover costs, employee absence can have a negative impact on productivity, customer-service levels and staff motivation. While most employees will naturally be off sick at some stage, if your organisation is to remain productive and competitive, it needs to proactively manage its absence rates.
To do this it requires an effective absence management policy and procedure. The cornerstone of this will be the accurate recording and measurement of absence, with triggers set to initiate absence management action when an employee's absence reaches the defined level.
Key too is ensuring that line managers hold a return-to-work interview after each incidence of sickness absence. Not only can this provide an opportunity to check on the employee's wellbeing and potentially uncover any underlying reasons behind the absence, but it can also discourage casual absence.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
The employment tribunal held that the dismissal of a disabled employee on a final written attendance warning following an absence unrelated to her disabilities constituted discrimination arising from disability.
A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance of returning to work, and reduce the risk of employers facing disability discrimination or unfair dismissal claims. How should employers formulate their long-term sickness absence policy?
Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face. We take you step by step through what a typical short-term sickness absence policy should contain.
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XpertHR's Policies and documents tool has been expanded with 31 new model sickness absence contract clauses, letters and forms.
A model letter inviting an employee to a stage 1 long-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model order of proceedings setting out the process to be followed during a stage 1 long-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model letter informing an employee of the outcome of a stage 1 long-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model letter inviting an employee to a stage 2 long-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model order of proceedings setting out the process to be followed during a stage 2 long-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to absence and attendance management.