Arrange cover for long-term sickness absence

Key points

  • Options for an employer arranging cover for an employee on long-term sickness absence include using agency workers or arranging for the workload to be covered by the employee's colleagues.
  • The most appropriate course of action will depend on factors such as whether or not the likely length of the absence can be predicted and the type of work involved.
  • The employer should bear in mind that further flexible cover may be required, for example if a phased return to work is necessary for the employee.

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