Policy (Sickness Absence)

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This Sickness Absence Policy is intended to assist employers in managing sickness-related absence fairly and effectively

The policy explains the review processes for frequent short-term sickness absence and for long-term sickness absence, with defined trigger points for each stage of the procedure. The two processes in this Sickness Absence Policy are intended to operate in parallel. This means that employee sickness absences will be managed under one or other process.

Employers are not expected to continue to employ an employee on long-term sick leave or with a record of frequent sickness absences indefinitely, and this Sickness Absence Policy establishes a procedure to allow employers to take action, up to and including dismissal, against an employee.

Lack of capability, including incapability related to ill health, is a potentially fair reason for dismissal but, for an incapability dismissal of an employee to be fair, the dismissal has to fall into the "band of reasonable responses". This means an employer must investigate the reasons for the employee’s sickness absence and give the employee an opportunity to improve his or her attendance record before action is taken.

This policy includes the following sections:

1. Introduction

2. Objectives

3. Notification of sickness

4. Certification of sickness

5. Maintaining contact during sickness absence

6. Return to work interviews

7. Sick pay

8. Sickness which occurs whilst the employee is on holiday

9. Medical advice

10. Frequent absence sickness review process – Stage 1 meeting

11. Frequent absence sickness review process – Stage 2 meeting

12. Frequent absence sickness review process – Stage 3 meeting

13. Part time employees

14. Long term sickness absence – Stage 1 meeting

15. Long term sickness absence – Stage 2 meeting

16. Long term sickness absence – Stage 3 meeting

17. Pregnancy-related absences

18. Elective and/or cosmetic surgery

19. Work arrangements when absent

20. Data Protection

For a policy covering sickness and other types of absence, see the separate Sickness and Absence Policy.

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