Sickness and Absence Policy

Sickness and Absence Policy

Why do employers need policies and procedures?

There are many reasons why an employer should have a suite of professionally drafted, legally compliant policies and procedures. Below are just three of those reasons:

  1. They aid in the smooth running of an organisation. Well-drafted and compliant workplace policies and procedures provide employees and managers with clarity when dealing with issues that may arise on a day-to-day basis.
  2. Up to date policies and procedures ensure compliance with current legislation and regulations and facilitate fast and efficient internal decision making.
  3. Policies and procedures provide a clear and certain framework that eliminates discrimination, promotes best practice, improves staff communication and expresses the organisation’s vision.

Do I need a lawyer to draft my policies and procedures?

No, but when running your own business it can be difficult to keep up with changes to legislation and best practice.  We work closely with our clients auditing their policies and procedures on a regular basis or when there has been a significant change in the law. As such our clients are confident that their policies and procedures are up to date and protect and enhance their business.

How can EPR law help?

EPR Law will draft for you a sickness and absence policy that sets out, in clear terms, how your organisation will deal with issues arising out of sickness and absence. Our current policy will cover the following:


  1. The policy describing how the organisation is committed to managing sickness and absence fairly;
  2. The scope of the policy;
  3. The principles of the policy such as fairness, reasonableness and consistency;
  4. Responsibility;
  5. Procedures for reporting and certification;
  6. Sick pay;
  7. Permanent Health Insurance where applicable;
  8. Employee conduct during sickness absence;
  9. Medical and dental appointments;
  10. Holidays and sickness;
  11. Return to work and absence meetings;
  12. Attendance management;
  13. Persistent, intermittent, short-term absences;
  14. Long-term absence or absences;
  15. Medical examinations and reports;
  16. Reasonable adjustments for disabled employees;
  17. Alternative employment;
  18. Termination of employment for long-term sickness absence;
  19. Specific absences; and
  20. The right to be accompanied at meetings.

For more information about staff handbooks or if you require a sickness and absence policy contact EPR Law today

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