Some degree of absence due to genuine illness is inevitable in any department, as is occasional time off for other valid reasons such as parental emergencies or antenatal appointments. Vigilant management, however, is the key to keeping employee absence to a minimum. Dealing with employee absence is a sensitive issue and there are legal considerations to bear in mind. You should therefore proceed carefully and be prepared to ask the Human Resources (HR) department for help or advice at any stage.

This guide gives you an overview of the main issues when dealing with employee absence. It answers the following questions:

  • What are my legal obligations in relation to sickness absence?

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