Absence & Sickness Absence Management

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Sickness Absence

All employees are expected to comply with your Company’s absence notification procedure. This procedure should be non-contractual and will be in the Company’s Handbook.

There is no obligation for an employer to pay ‘sick-pay’ to members of staff if they are off work due to sickness (unless it is given in their Employment Contract). In this situation, the employer will be obliged to pay Statutory Sick Pay providing the employee has been employed for at least 8 weeks. Statutory Sick Pay is paid for absences on the 4th day of absence for up to 28 weeks.

Employers should be aware that if full salary has been paid on a discretionary basis in relation to sickness absence, an employer may be expected to continue with this implied term. If this is stopped, an employee may have a claim against the Company for backdated sick pay. 

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