Employers frequently complain that some employees treat any contractual sick pay entitlement as extra annual holidays. However, few employers take the time and effort to deal with this issue.
This not only encourages abuse of the system but also creates resentment on the part of co-workers who pick up the slack. It is important that employers properly manage absence by regular monitoring, and where appropriate, disciplinary action.
To deal with this effectively, employers need to be aware of the procedure for obtaining medical information. You must consider issues arising under the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
How Blackadders can help
The Employment Law team at Blackadders can prepare and review your absence policies and procedures. Our specialists will ensure that your policies and procedures adhere to the relevant ACAS codes and are compliant with the Equality Act 2010.
We can also offer bespoke training to you and your team, to ensure that you are fully equipped to deal with any issues in employee management.