This document sets out clearly how you will deal with staff sick leave and
other absences. A proper Sickness and Absence Policy will help demonstrate
to employees that you take sickness and absence seriously and will treat it
fairly and consistently.
This document contains a section on the monitoring of employee sickness and
has been reviewed for compatibility with the GDPR. Reference is made to the
Company's Data Protection Policy and all personal data (and sensitive
personal data, which is particularly relevant where health matters are
concerned) should be handled in accordance with such a policy.
A Sickness and Absence Policy will often help to increase or safeguard
productivity and staff morale, as staff know that they will be supported
when they are absent through illness, and that other employees will not be
allowed to abuse the policy by taking a sick day when they are not actually
ill. This Sickness Policy includes requirements on self-certification and
return to work interviews. Self-certificates and Return to Work forms are
available from the list of related documents. For a more detailed policy
covering all aspects of sickness absence management, see the separate
Sickness Absence Policy.
This document makes provision for the Company to monitor and record both
the amount of absences and the reasons for them. Not only does this help
with planning future cover for staff absence and with differentiating
between different types of absence appropriately, it will deter abuse of
the system as employees know that they must account for their absence.
This policy includes the following sections:
2. Notification of sickness
3. Certification of sickness
4. Long-term and persistent absence
5. Sickness which occurs while the employee is on holiday
6. Return to Work Interviews
7. Statutory Sick Pay
8. Company Sick Pay
9. Elective and/or cosmetic surgery
10. Jury service
11. Public duties
12. Emergency, Maternity, Paternity, Parental and Adoption Leave
13. Trade Union
15. Work arrangements when absent
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