In managing sickness absence, the organisation will be sympathetic in cases of genuine illness but like all employers, has limited resources. The policy is designed therefore to cope with the majority of situations but the organisation cannot undertake to support indefinitely those who need prolonged periods of time off. This policy does not confer a contractual right on the employee and any benefits under it are entirely at management discretion.
“Sickness” is defined as an incapacity to carry out the duties and responsibilities which the employee is contractually obliged to do because of his or her own illness or accident.
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