Sickness absence

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers. Employee absence is a significant cost to the majority of businesses in the UK.

In addition to the direct costs of employee absence (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.


Why home workers who are ill should not work

With the onset of colder weather, inevitably the number of people with common colds and flu will rise, in addition...

Healthcare staff need more information to treat ‘long Covid’

15 Oct 2020

Research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has argued that people suffering from ‘long Covid’ – or often...

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Governments told to prioritise tackling rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions

12 Oct 2020

Governments across Europe are being urged to create a comprehensive strategy to tackle rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions, which currently affect...

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Fewer staff taking time off for mental health, poll finds

9 Oct 2020

The propotion of workers taking time off because of poor mental health has fallen to 28% from 36% last year,...

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Organisations invited to take part in presenteeism study

1 Oct 2020

Notttingham Trent University has launched a study that seeks to understand ‘presenteeism’ and why people continue to work while unwell....

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Police union sparks U-turn on officers using NHS Covid-19 app

29 Sep 2020

The union representing police officers is encouraging officers to download and use the NHS Track and Trace app after a...

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Health staff urged to get flu vaccine to minimise sickness absence this winter

18 Sep 2020

Senior clinicians and health leaders have urged frontline health and social care staff to get their annual flu jab as...

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‘Tens of thousands’ may experience kidney problems after Covid-19

17 Sep 2020

A renal specialist has warned that ‘tens of thousands’ of people who have had Covid-19 may require kidney transplants or...

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Self-isolation, testing and SSP: employers’ questions answered

16 Sep 2020

The UK may be on the cusp of a second coronavirus wave. Results from a population based study suggested the...

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NHS staff absent due to coronavirus testing shortage

15 Sep 2020

The shortage of coronavirus testing capacity is increasing staff absence in the NHS which is affecting the health service’s recovery...

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TUC on statutory sick pay: ‘fix this gaping hole’

10 Sep 2020

Two in five workers will be unable to pay their bills if they have to self-isolate for two weeks on...

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Sickness absence rates edge higher

2 Sep 2020

The UK’s median absence rate has risen slightly meaning that the typical employee now takes 6.4 days off sick each...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2020: Returning to work and quarantine

2 Sep 2020

The summer holiday season raised questions for employers about the impact of self-isolating and quarantining after returning from abroad. A...

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Effective flu vaccination programme ‘more crucial than ever’

14 Aug 2020

People administering the flu vaccine need to be confident, competent and have up to date knowledge about the vaccine they...

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