Editor's message: Managing cases of long-term sickness absence requires specific tools and techniques. As an employer, you will need to manage cases of long-term sickness in a compassionate and compliant manner, while at the same time minimising the impact on the business.
Managing a successful return-to-work for an employee who has been absent from work is not always straightforward, particularly if you are required to make reasonable adjustments.
For detailed information on managing a phased return to work, see How To> How to implement a phased return to work after long-term sickness absence.
Noelle Murphy, HR practice editorial team leader
Updated to include information on the Advocate General's opinion in the Sash Window Workshop Ltd and another v King case on the carry-over of annual leave.
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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 policy to set out your organisation's approach to long-term sickness absence. The policy covers: expectations on line managers; guidelines for employees; medical evidence; keeping in touch with the employee; sick pay; holiday and sick leave; obtaining medical advice; sickness absence management triggers; long-term sickness absence formal meetings; dismissal and appeals; return to work after sickness absence; pregnancy and disability-related absences; ill-health retirement; and terminal illness.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to managing long-term sickness.