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Managing sickness absence

Are you concerned about the amount of sickness absence being taken in your business? Or do you want to ensure that your business has a clear sickness absence policy?

Whether you are concerned about one particular employee’s sickness absence or you believe this to be a problem in your business generally, we can advise you in relation to how to handle this tricky area. We also have a wealth of experience in drafting and amending sickness absence policies which can help your business avoid sickness absence issues later in time.

What types of sickness absence can we advise on?

Whether you are worried about general sickness absence, want to ensure you have a clear policy in place to tackle this issue or your business is currently having problems with a member of staff off sick, we can help. Sickness absence can be anything from short term, where a member of staff is off work for a day or two, to long term, where a member of staff is off work for months or even years, and we are able to provide practical advice on either.

There can be many reasons behind an employee taking time off work for the purposes of sickness, from stress to recovery time after an operation. The procedure to be adopted when an employee is sick can vary drastically depending on the type of sickness and therefore your business will benefit from succinct, detailed advice.

Drafting a sickness absence policy

Having a clear sickness absence policy in place can help your business when an employee becomes unwell. A set policy can help to avoid claims of discrimination and also mean that workers know what to do should they become unwell.

The recent changes to doctor referrals mean that your business’ sickness absence policy may benefit from us reviewing it to ensure that it is entirely legally compliant.

Why use Moore Blatch?

Whether you have a specific sickness absence issue, wish to update your policy or require a new policy to be drafted, we can help. Our team has experience in advising employers, HR consultants and business owners in relation to conducting sickness absence meetings, investigations, hearing and dismissals, meaning that we can assist you through each step to ensure the best possible outcome for your business.

We also have a wealth of experience in reviewing, amending and drafting bespoke sickness absence policies to create a clear procedure which will ultimately benefit your business and the employees alike.

For more information please contact Katherine Maxwell or Naomi Greenwood.

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