Sickness and sick pay

While sick employees need to be treated fairly, you need to ensure that 'sickness' is not being used as cover for unauthorised absence.

Sickness and sick pay
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Sickness and sick pay - overview

While sick employees need to be treated fairly, you need to ensure that 'sickness' is not being used as cover for unauthorised absence.

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How to handle sickness absence

Creating a sickness policy enables employers to discourage absenteeism, support staff that get ill and take disciplinary action if needed.

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Online absence management toolkit

Access this free online absence management tool developed in partnership between the Health & Safety Executive, Acas and the CIPD.

FAQs

Sickness issues and SSP FAQs

Unsure how to handle employee sickness absence issues, or how much statutory sick pay (SSP) you may need to pay? Read our useful FAQs.

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Workplace wellbeing tool

The workplace wellbeing tool on the GOV.UK website can help you work out the costs to your business of poor employee health and how to take action.

Woman sick in bed - sickness issues and SSP
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Sickness issues and SSP

Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.