All employers will have staff that are absent from time to time – either short or long term and for a variety of reasons. Employers are required to deal with absences fairly so having a policy in place that sets out the employers’ expectations and ensuring that it is available to all employees is crucial.
Normally a policy would include sections dealing with short term and long term absence, what is expected from the employee and what support is available from the employer. It would deal with how to monitor absences and ‘back to work’ interviews. It may also set out any policy on Occupational Health – helpful in long term absence scenarios.
Square Peg will help you to have a clear policy in place to deal with absence for whatever reason.