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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Warning/final warning of unsatisfactory attendance
    Warning/final warning of unsatisfactory attendanceFollowing an absence management meeting, if you want to formally warn the employee about their unsatisfactory attendance, use our warning letter. It can also be adapted for use as a final warning.Fair warningThe warning should set out the employee's unsatisfactory sickness absence record and what improvements in their attendance levels are required (making sure you're setting realistic targets), provide a reasonable timescale for improvement, advise them that...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Medical examination request to independent doctor
    Medical examination request to independent doctorIt's possible to fairly dismiss an employee on the ground of lack of capability due to ill health but first you must take all reasonable steps to find out the current medical position. This involves obtaining a medical report. A strong alternative to approaching the employee's own GP, specialist or consultant is to instruct an independent doctor.Medical evidenceBefore contemplating dismissing an employee on capability grounds due to long-term ill health, you must...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Attendance procedure
    Attendance procedureOur attendance procedure provides a process for dealing with genuine but persistent short-term sickness absence. It's not suitable for long-term incapacity cases.ApplicationA dismissal due to persistent short-term sickness absence could either be due to conduct, capability or some other substantial reason (SOSR). You should use our Disciplinary Procedure where there's evidence that the employee's sickness absence isn't genuine or where there's any other suspected misconduct relating to sickness...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter enclosing Form SSP1
    Letter enclosing Form SSP1You must provide Form SSP1 to an employee when their SSP is coming, or has come, to an end as the information you give on it will help the government to decide on the employee's benefit claim. If you know in advance that the employee's SSP is to end before their incapacity does, make sure you issue the form, and our letter, by the beginning of the 23rd week of SSP.Form SSP1Form SSP1 is the form that you must complete and give to an employee who isn't entitled to SSP, or when SSP entitlement...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Fitness for work self-declaration form
    Fitness for work self-declaration formOur form is for employees to declare their own fitness to return to work following a period of medically certificated sickness absence. Use it where an employee returns to work following sickness absence in circumstances where there are genuine doubts over their fitness. No confirmation requiredThere's no legal requirement for an employee who's been absent on sick leave to be signed back to work and indeed there's no option on the statement of fitness for work (fit note)...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter to sick employee requesting contact
    Letter to sick employee requesting contactOur letter asks your employee to get in touch with you where they're on long-term sick leave and you've been unable, for whatever reason, to get hold of them to check on their progress and to discuss a possible return to work. Long-term absenceOnce sickness absence goes into a second calendar week, you will start to receive statements of fitness for work (or "fit notes") from your employee, signed by their GP. At this point, what often happens is that their direct contact...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter withdrawing SSP
    Letter withdrawing SSPUse our letter where you're not going to pay SSP either because of the employee's failure to comply with your sickness absence reporting requirements or you have good reason to doubt that the employee's incapacity is genuine. If your employee disagrees with you, they're entitled to seek a formal decision on their entitlement from HMRC.SSP entitlementNormally, when an employee is off sick for at least four days in a row and they meet the eligibility conditions, you will start paying SSP...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Notice of absence management meeting
    Notice of absence management meetingIt's potentially fair to dismiss an employee because of an unsatisfactory attendance record caused by persistent but genuine short-term sickness absences, provided a proper procedure is followed which is fair and reasonable in all the circumstances and you act reasonably in treating the employee's poor attendance as a sufficient reason to dismiss them. Use our letter to kick start the formal process.Potentially fair dismissal reasonWhether the potentially fair reason for dismissal...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Letter of dismissal on long-term incapacity grounds
    Letter of dismissal on long-term incapacity groundsUse our letter when dismissing an employee due to long-term sickness absence. You must first have followed a fair dismissal procedure, including obtaining medical evidence and consulting with the employee and considering the severity of the impact that the employee's continued absence is having on your business. Confirmation of dismissalLong-term sickness absence can amount to a fair reason for dismissal on the ground of lack of capability. However, for a dismissal...
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  • Sickness Absence Documents - Return to work interview form
    Return to work interview form You should always record the information an employee reveals to you during a return to work interview. The easiest way to do this is by using a standard form. This allows you to ask the same questions of all members of staff who go off sick and makes sure that you don't miss anything out. Use our return to work interview form for this particular purpose. Asking questions Return to work interviews are a proven way of reducing sickness absence; those tempted to take time off sick...
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