Long-term absences and prolonged sick leave can put strain on any business. And they are often very delicate situations, with concerns about your employee’s well-being tied up with anxiety over the commercial impact their absence may have.
Truth Legal can help you to unravel these issues. Our specialist employment lawyers can advise you on your rights and obligations as an employer.
We can also assist you to create robust absence and sick leave policies in preparation for situations such as these. Our solicitors will make sure these are legally compliant, providing you with a solid basis for handling these scenarios in a way which keeps your business protected.
To discuss how we can help you, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation.
Creating compliant absence and sick leave policies
Establishing a clear policy on absence and sick leave as soon as possible helps everyone know where they stand. It will also give you a strong and definite position from which to handle issues arising from prolonged absences and sick leave should they occur.
Your policy should cover details such as:
- The number of paid sick days employees receive
- Notification procedures
- How you will handle reasonable adjustments for workers with a disability
- Any evidence you will require to support long-term absences or sickness
- The provision of sabbaticals and unpaid periods of absence
At Truth Legal, we have considerable experience of absence and sick leave disputes. Our expert solicitors can help you devise and implement fair, ethical policies that will safeguard your business interests.
We can also guide you in establishing a suitable employee handbook as an effective way to notify your employees of these policies.
Advice on handling long-term absence and sick leave
If you are currently dealing with an employee who is on long-term absence or sick leave, Truth Legal can support you. We can advise you on:
- Investigating the cause of the absence or sick leave
- Making reasonable adjustments
- Fair and reasonable dismissal proceedings
There can be many pitfalls to handling such a sensitive situation. Naturally you have your business to protect, but it is important not to let this cloud the sympathy and respect you have for your employee. If handled incorrectly, you could impact the morale of your other employees and the trust there is between you.
Additionally, you could leave your business vulnerable to costly Employment Tribunal claims, such as actions for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal or discrimination.
All of which makes it vital to seek specialist employment law advice as soon as possible when facing an issue over absence or sick leave.
Why choose Truth Legal for help with absence and sick leave?
At Truth Legal, we are committed to providing ethical legal services that make a positive difference. When you are creating absence and sick leave policies or you are facing a difficult situation over long-term absence, ethics and fairness will often play a part. Our advice can help guide you through the difficult interplay of legal obligation, moral consideration, and commercial performance which such situations often trigger.
Our specialist employment law team is led by Navya Shekhar, an expert solicitor with over 10 years’ experience in handling employment law matters.
Truth Legal prides itself on delivering exceptional legal service and our overwhelmingly positive client reviews on both TrustPilot and reviewsolicitors bear this out. We will take the time to get to know your business and to understand the objectives and values which you hold.
If you would us to assist your business with issues surrounding absences and sick leave, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation.