Commentary and insights

All items: Sickness absence and sick pay

  • HR talking point: Expansion of healthcare professionals who can certify fit notes

    Date:
    6 July 2022

    The expansion of the group of healthcare professionals who can now issue fit notes can have a positive impact on employers' sickness absence management procedures, writes XpertHR principal employment law editor Stephen Simpson.

  • Hybrid working and sickness absence management: Practical tips for employers

    Date:
    31 May 2022

    Employers that are operating under a hybrid working model must ensure that their sickness absence management procedures sit comfortably alongside their new working arrangements. We set out five steps that hybrid working organisations can take to ensure that sickness absence management continues to be effective.

  • Monkeypox advice for employers: Working from home and sick pay

    Date:
    26 May 2022

    As the number of monkeypox cases in the UK rises, employers have been advised to conduct risk assessments and ensure they follow standard sickness procedures if a worker becomes infected. Ashleigh Webber pulls together advice for employers whose staff may be infected or at risk of infection with monkeypox.

  • Reducing sick pay for the unvaccinated: Is it a good idea and what are the pitfalls?

    Date:
    21 January 2022

    There have been multiple reports of employers limiting the sick pay entitlement of employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Consultant editor Darren Newman explains the potential risks in terms of contractual entitlements, discrimination and employee relations.

  • Employment law in 2022: Eight action points for HR

    Date:
    3 December 2021

    As well as continuing to deal with workplace issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there will be many other important employment law developments for HR to grapple with in 2022. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the coming year?

  • Coronavirus and statutory sick pay

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Consultant editor Darren Newman discusses the changes to the statutory sick pay system brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, and suggests the current crisis may well result in a full review of the system.

  • Entitlement to sick pay in local authorities

    Date:
    10 August 2017

    This article looks at factors for local authority employers to consider when determining entitlement to sick pay.

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