Editor's message: Short-term sickness absence can have a significant impact on the day-to-day running of the business. Part of an effective absence management process is conducting return-to-work interviews.
The effectiveness of return-to-work interviews depends on the competence of the interviewer. Such interviews may require skilful handling of difficult conversations with a vulnerable or emotional employee, and if conducted by line managers, detailed training should be in place.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
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.
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 short-term sickness absence. The policy covers: expectations on line managers; guidelines for employees; sickness absence notification and evidence; sick pay; time off for medical appointments; return to work after sickness absence; pregnancy- and disability-related absences; holiday and sick leave; obtaining medical advice; sickness absence management triggers; warnings and dismissal; and appeals.
A model form recording details of an employee's sickness absence and any action taken in relation to the absence.
A model letter confirming what has been agreed following an informal short-term sickness absence return-to-work meeting.
A model letter inviting an employee to a stage 1 short-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model order of proceedings setting out the process to be followed during a stage 1 short-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model letter informing an employee of the outcome of a stage 1 short-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
A model letter informing an employee that he or she has achieved satisfactory attendance after being given a warning and moved to a formal review period under stage 1 of the short-term sickness absence management procedure.
A model letter inviting an employee to a stage 2 short-term sickness absence formal review meeting.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to managing short-term sickness.