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Managing Employee Absence

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sickness absence

Most organisations are increasingly recognising the significant costs associated with high levels of employee absence. At the same time, managers are often unsure about the nature of the problems they may be facing, or about how employee absence can be most effectively managed. The information and links on this page are designed to help your business manage both short and long-term sickness absence in a legal, supportive and effective way.

Managing Employee Absence - Free Policy Downloads

1. Controlling Absence Policy

Policy for controlling absence, clearly outlining the stages involved, a procedures checklist, a template sickness self-certificate and 'Return to Work' form.

2. Absence Management Policy

Alternative Absence Management policy - also makes reference to suggested 'trigger' points which trigger management actions.

Statement of Fitness to Work
GPs no longer issue sick lines, these have changed to 'statements of Fitness for Work'. This is a link to the UK Government guidance note for employers. If your employee needs to complete a self certificate there is a Government online facility for this here

Useful Links

Managing Staff Absence
A step-by-step guide on managing staff absence from ACAS

Health & Safety Executive
Good advice on all aspects of managing sickness absence

Employers Guide to SSP - UK.Gov
Employers guide to managing Statutory Sick Pay from the UK Government website