By Alex Lloyd

In the latest instalment of the Breaking Down the Handbook series, we discuss time off work policies, looking at how to manage difficult circumstances and make expectations clear to your employees.

What is a time off work policy?

A time off work policy is a catch all term which sets out how employers deal with situations in which employees may need or wish to take time off work, including sabbaticals, bad weather, family emergencies, and any other situation which does not fit into the more common categories of time off, such as holiday and sickness. Although invoked relatively rarely, having these policies in place can save employers disruption when the situations do occur.