Employee sickness is an issue that most employers will have to tackle at some point, whether that is an employee taking short-term sporadic sick days or an employee who is signed off work due to a long-term illness. Goodman Derrick sets out some useful reminders on how to deal with sickness absence.
Employees should be asked to self-certify any sickness absences, regardless of the number of days that they are off work. This can be done by having a form for them to complete on their return, setting out the dates of their absence and the nature of their illness/injury. Such records allow the employer to properly monitor sickness issues.
If the employee is sick for 7 days or more, they should be required to submit a doctor’s note. This commonly takes the form of a “fit note” which gives an indication of whether the employee is totally unfit for work or whether they may be fit for work if some adjustments are made, for example their hours of work are reduced or their duties are amended. If the sickness absence continues beyond the period set out in the original note, the employee should be asked to submit a further doctor’s note…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Goodman Derrick briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Click on the link above to download the briefing.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from Goodman Derrick
Briefings from Goodman Derrick
There are reportedly 1,500 children born to UK parents in overseas jurisdictions each year.
Goodman Derrick looks back at the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges to consider the possible impact on HR professionals in the hotel and leisure sector.
Analysis from The Lawyer
Active financial management is vital, but with firms looking more closely at the process of debt and fee collection, the personal touch still counts
The lure of the law can kick in at any stage of life. We speak to four individuals who have made a radical switch to a legal career