Deal with a case of persistent short-term sickness absence

Key points

  • Where an employee has frequent short periods of sickness absence, the employer should ensure that the employee follows its procedures relating to notification and evidence of sickness.
  • The employer should investigate the reasons for the absence. It may be appropriate to obtain a medical report on the employee, to ascertain, among other things, whether or not there is an underlying cause of the absences.
  • Depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate for the employer to instigate either its disciplinary or capability process.

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