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GP sickness absence

I’ve never before been in the position of recommending anyone to read a 401 page document … so I won’t start now! Instead, I’ll just say that our friends at NHS Employers have been in touch with some good news: all that we have been saying for the past couple of years about the interaction

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Top tips for managing absence – Part 3 of 3: Occupational Health referrals

Top tips for managing absence

In this final absence-related blog, I’m going to look at making the most of Occupational Health referrals and implementing reasonable adjustments. Occupational Health Sometimes it might seem that Occupational Health is a pointless and expensive exercise. But an Occupational Health report is only as good as the referral you make. The purpose of Occupational Health

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Top tips for managing absence – Part 2 of 3: Managing long-term sickness leave

Top tips for managing absence

This episode follows on from ‘Managing persistent short-term absences’ and will focus on managing staff on long-term sickness leave. First of all, what constitutes a “long-term” absence? Four weeks. It’s that simple. Any absence lasting four or more calendar weeks is deemed to be “long-term”. Why is managing long-term absence any different?  Essentially, it doesn’t

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Top tips for managing absence – Part 1 of 3: Managing persistent short-term absences

Top tips for managing absence

We’ve all been there. Everything’s going swimmingly and then a member of staff goes off sick. Work needs reallocating, cover needs arranging, you have a situation to manage. How long will they be off? How many times has this employee been off so far If the answer to the first question is “more than a

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Taking a ‘sickie’ – the ultimate guide

Taking a ‘sickie’ – the ultimate guide

“Joey was sniffing for days and moaning about a headache. Now it’s Friday and he’s not here. There’s a Robbie Williams concert in town tonight!”

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New court of appeal guidance when dealing with long term sickness

New court of appeal guidance when dealing with long term sickness

Contemplating dismissing an employee who is on long term sickness has always been difficult for employers/practices. However, in the recent case of O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy the Court of Appeal has provided us with some helpful consolidated guidance indicating that it is acceptable to tackle the issue if: you can justify dismissal and you

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Retaining staff and reducing sick leave

At a time when staff recruitment is probably harder than it has ever been, the need to retain staff – and keep those valuable assets fit and healthy at work – is more acute than ever. Whether staff departures are voluntary or involuntary, it can be problematic for practices due to the costs involved in

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