Sickness

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Top tips on managing long term sickness issues

Employees' absence can take many different forms, but often the most difficult to manage is long term sickness absence, as it can raise complex legal and management conundrums. Here are our top tips for dealing with these tricky situations: ...

School's out for summer

With school holidays in full swing, here are a few tips on leave issues common at this time of year and how best to deal with them… 1. Temporary changes to working hours You may get more requests for temporary changes to working hours over the...

The World (of problems?) Cup

In just a few days time, England kick off their world cup campaign in South Africa.  No doubt, this will lead to fever pitch in work places across the country as staff become increasingly interested in the tournament.  The World Cup can bring great...

Prepare to get fit

Dear Auntie My company current requires employees to obtain a sick note from a doctor when they are unwell for over seven days in order to get sick pay.  I understand that doctor’s sick notes are going to be replaced by a “fit...

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

Dear Auntie At my organisation there is a member of staff (Tim) who has been off work with a bad back for 3 months. My MD wants to dismiss him but, as HR manager, I am worried about doing this. Please could you give me some guidance as to the issues...

Holidays: Has life been a beach for HR?

With the holiday season drawing to a close, the www.hrlaw.co.uk team have drawn together some of the issues encountered by our clients and contacts over the past couple of months.  Whilst it is great for those who are getting away from it all,...

'S' is for Sickness Absence - Part 2...Pay during sickness absence

There are two separate elements of pay that apply for periods of sickness absence: Provisions for sick pay in contracts of employment or in the company’s employee handbook/procedure documents; and Statutory sick pay provisions. ...

'S' is for Sickness Absence - Part 1...

According to the 2007 Absence Management Annual Survey Report of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average level of employee absence in a year is 3.7% of working time (i.e., 8.4 days per employee per year).  The average...

Dismissing employees who are on long-term sick leave due to bullying - can you do it?

A Court of Appeal decision has provided helpful guidance on whether an employer can fairly dismiss an employee on long term sick leave where the reason for the sick leave is bullying and mismanagement at work. Facts The case, Royal Bank of Scotland plc...

Employees given themselves an extra Christmas present and taken unauthorised days off? Auntie is here to help...

Dear Auntie I am the HR manager of a medium sized company who design new flavours of and manufacture jam.  As you can imagine, Christmas is a particularly busy time for us.  I am worried because in the past we have had trouble with staff shortages...
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