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Thank you and best wishes for the festive season

This is just a short interlude between episodes 113 and 114, which are covering Managing Sickness Absence, in order to say a big thank you for your support over the last year and for listening to the podcast.

It is also to inform you that the next podcast will be back on or around the 21st January 2019 when I will be covering listener questions about sickness absence.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that as a firm of Solicitors we provide advice and assistance to Employers and Employees on all aspects of employment law and would be very happy to help you in future, just drop me an email to alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk and we can set up a free, no obligation, telephone call or Skype call.

It is also a reminder that we have a fortnightly free newsletter which covers various topics and updates that are not normally covered in the podcast. For example in the last newsletter before Christmas I covered the recently announced employment law reforms, known as the 'Good Work' reforms. If you want to learn more you can read the full article here: https://adviceforemployers.co.uk/2018/12/18/government-announce-employment-law-reforms/

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How do you manage staff who are absent long-term?

This episode of the podcast is the third part of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and in this episode I cover what you can do to manage staff who are absent long-term due to sickness or injury, including the stages you need to go through if their absence becomes untenable. 

In this episode I will cover:

  • Recognising the difficulties in having conversations with employees who are sick.
  • The importance of maintaining appropriate regular contact with absent employees.
  • Why you need to obtain medical reports and up to date information on the employees condition and prognosis.
  • What to do when you have to start the formal process.
  • The importance of considering disability and reasonable adjustments.
  • When to consider adjustments for the employee.
  • What to do when you reach the point of dismissal.
  • What to consider if the employee is going to be absent indefinitely and/or may not return.
  • How to minimise your risk of a discrimination and/or unfair dismissal claim.

Action Points

  1. Have a clear absence management / sickness procedure in your handbook with relevant 'trigger' points for the informal and formal procedures;
  2. Set out from the outset the method and frequency of contact with an employee;
  3. Obtain medical advice;
  4. Seek advice and assistance if you are unsure how to deal with a situation.

We can help with the forms you need, the relevant procedure and training for your managers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for some real life help for your organisation.

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In the 4th episode of this mini series I will be covering some listener questions and/or frequently asked questions so if you do have a question please get in touch: alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or leave a comment below.

 

If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £180 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion - alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don't forget you can contact us by email alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or miranda@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001 or 023 8098 2006

 

 

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