If England Make The World Cup Final – Employer Plans

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As excitement starts to build for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and a nation of football lovers dare to dream of football coming home for Christmas, employers may be wondering how to tackle time off and business operations if England (or Wales) make the world cup final. Read on for our advice on managing […]

Do I Have To Provide Statutory Sick Pay As A Small Business Owner?

do I have to provide statutory sick pay as a small business owner

As a small business owner, budget is everything. You don’t have the finances of a larger corporation, so you need to ensure that you keep costs down in order to maximise your profits. When an employee calls in sick, you might be left facing additional costs to cover their absence. This could leave you asking […]

Working Whilst Signed Off Sick – Is It Allowed?

working whilst signed off sick

If an employee is asking to return to work early whilst signed off sick, you might be wondering whether this is allowed. Although working whilst signed off sick is legally permitted, there are some important considerations that you should make before allowing them to do so. In this article, we’ll talk you through everything you […]

Mental Health In The Workplace

Mental Health In The Workplace

With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems each year, that’s a quarter of your employees that could be struggling with their mental health, their ability to work effectively and feel well. Self-care and wellbeing have become a hot topic of conversation since lockdown and the #bekind movement on social media. This in turn […]

Bereavement Leave – What Employers Need To Know


Bereavement leave also referred to as compassionate leave, is time off from work that all employees are entitled to following the death of a dependant. Although employees are entitled to time off following a bereavement, the amount of time away from work and whether this is paid, is not mandated by UK Employment Law and […]

Phased Return To Work – What do Employers Need To Know?

Phased return to work

After a long period of time away from work, a phased return to the workplace and normal duties is an excellent way to get staff back to work safely and successfully without overwhelming them with too many hours or tasks.  Getting Employees Back To Work A phased return to work is the phrase used to […]

How Many Sick Days Before a Disciplinary in the UK?

How Long Can You Be On Sick Leave Before Dismissal

Employee sickness is to be expected when you’re running a business. However, if an employee is off work repeatedly or has a long-term condition that means they are unable to do their job, you may be considering terminating their contract of employment. If you’re in this situation, you might be wondering if there’s a certain […]

What Is ‘Long-Term Sickness Absence’?


Employers must know how to manage employees on long-term sickness absence to ensure they fulfil their legal obligations and avoid potentially costly Employment Tribunal claims. We outline below some crucial issues concerning long-term sickness absence, which include holiday, dismissal, and discrimination. When is sickness absence ‘long-term’? There is no legal definition as to what length […]

COVID 19 – Sickness, Shielding, Self-Isolation and Statutory Sick Pay FAQs

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Jump straight to your question. Do you have to pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees who are infected with coronavirus? Do you have to pay SSP to employees who are self-isolating or shielding? When does SSP become payable? Can you reclaim SSP? What medical evidence do employees need to provide? Other Absence and Pay […]

Stress Related Absence

Stress Related Absence

Every business owner knows that productive employees are the greatest asset at the company’s disposal. Consequently, regular staff absences can cause major disruption to the venture, and stress-related absence is perhaps the biggest growing problem across the board. Studies by CIPD show that 37% of UK businesses have seen stress-induced employee absences increase in recent […]