Absence & sick leave

As much as we’d all like to live a life free from illness and injury, we can’t. A certain level of sickness and employee absence is inevitable. Sometimes people may take time off without giving a valid reason, which is called unauthorised absence. Both unauthorised absence and too much authorised absence can be a cause for concern.

If employee absence at work is getting out of hand, then you need to find a way to approach the subject. Luckily, we can help.

There can be job-related reasons why employees are frequently absent. Or it may be due to a sensitive personal matter. Because of this, it’s often wise to take a subtle approach (such as an informal return to work interview). We can help you find the right way to tackle the problem.

Absence as a result of disability is a whole different ball game legally to sickness or other kinds absence. The Equality Act 2010 sets out the parameters. If you’re unclear about what your obligations are, then we’re here to lend a hand.

We’ll help you:

  • Define whether you have an absence issue
  • Help you understand what type of absence you’re dealing with
  • Find ways to reduce absence fairly and legally
  • Write an absence policy and procedure
  • Support you to have the conversations you need with staff

We can even manage the absence procedure for you, from obtaining GP reports to carrying out return to work interviews.