11 Top Tips to help you manage sickness in the workplace more effectively

In our first HR Network of 2019 we looked specifically at Sickness Absence.

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11 Top Tips to help you manage sickness in the workplace more effectively

As a group we came up with 11 top tips we agreed make managing sickness easier and should also help you avoid some of the common pitfalls businesses can fall into when they are dealing with the tricky not to mention intricate issues of disability, physical and mental illness, addiction and pregnancy.

We’d like to share those 11 tips with you here.

1. An employer you must consider reasonable adjustments if an employee is disabled under the Equality Act 2010.

2. ‘Disability’ – as defined by the Equality Act 2010 – is an employee with a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

3. Do not consider dismissing an employee for incapacity (ill-health) without obtaining a medical report and following your formal procedures.

4. Always obtain written consent from an employee before trying to obtain a medical report.

5. An employee must have been off work sick for 4 or more days before they can claim SSP.

6. An employee must not be selected for redundancy based on absence if their absence is related to a disability.

7. Employees who are absent because of pregnancy related reasons should be paid SSP or contractual sick pay rather than their normal pay.

8. If a pregnant employee is absent for reasons related to their pregnancy during or after the fourth week before their due date, her maternity leave should start automatically.

9. Alcoholism and gambling addiction are not disabilities under the Equality Act 2010 but physical and mental conditions linked to their additions could be.

10. An employee should not be dismissed if they have a contractual entitlement to permanent health insurance.

11. Always double check your organisation’s rules on whether sick pay or notice pay should be paid to an employee who is off sick during their notice period.

If you would like to discuss any employment issues with us, please contact Employment Associate Charlotte Ollerenshaw at charlotte.ollerenshaw@keebles.com or call Charlotte on 0114 290 6286

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