Not only does sickness absence cost employers millions of pounds each year through sick pay and the cost of temporary replacement staff, it can also cause severe disruption to an employer's business.
In cases of repeated short-term absence, an investigation should be carried out to check whether there is any underlying condition which causes the absence.
In cases of long-term sickness absence, employers are unable to permanently replace or dismiss an absent employee without undergoing a thorough ill-health management process. A failure to do so can lead to an expensive unfair dismissal or disability discrimination claim.
How can we help you?
Our specialist commercial employment solicitors can advise you about absence management in cases of both long and short-term absenteeism. This can include providing advice and guidance on the process to be followed, gaining appropriate medical advice on the employee's condition and advising on the implementation of any reasonable adjustments suggested. In addition, we can assist you to manage situations where the sickness absence is not genuine, or where the employee's return to work is unlikely.
Please telephone and speak to one of our employment lawyers for free on 0333 003 1767 (8.30am – 9pm weekdays, 10am – 4pm weekends) or fill in the online form to request a call back and someone will ring you within 24 hours.
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