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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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