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.


Majority of absence and presenteeism could be addressed by ‘targeted’ employer support

Three-quarters of ill health-related presenteeism and absence in 2018 came from factors that employers could have influenced or addressed, according...

Menstruation: Is period pain a disability?

12 Apr 2019

Many men and women still view menstruation as a taboo topic and feel uncomfortable talking about periods, even though they...

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Webinar: Managing sickness absence during pregnancy

9 Apr 2019

Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is...

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One in six endometriosis sufferers gives up work

21 Mar 2019

As many as one in six women with endometriosis could be giving up work because of the effects of the...

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Vodafone offers staff who experience domestic abuse additional leave

7 Mar 2019

Vodafone Group is to offer all staff who experience domestic abuse 10 days’ additional paid “safe leave”, after it found...

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Tricky sickness issues – employers’ questions answered (webinar available on demand)

4 Mar 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 11:00am GMT
Handling the tricky issues that can arise when an employee is on sick leave...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Employers lack formal strategies for common health risks, report finds

27 Feb 2019

Too few employers have strategies in place to manage some of the most common staff health concerns, including mental ill...

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Two-thirds miss out on ‘life-saving’ asthma attack follow-up care

19 Feb 2019

Almost two-thirds of people who have had emergency treatment for an asthma attack were not not given a follow-up appointment...

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Back and neck pain causes a third to take a sick day

8 Feb 2019

A third (33%) of employees have taken at least one day off work due to back or neck pain in...

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How Lloyds Banking Group is tackling poor mental health

7 Feb 2019

On Time to Talk Day (February 7), which encourages everybody to have a conversation about mental health, Jen Tippin and...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2019: Holiday pay, overtime and tax on exit payments

1 Feb 2019

How should employers deal with overtime when calculating holiday pay? Does it make a difference if the overtime is voluntary,...

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Staff take 53% more sick days in January

16 Jan 2019

Workers take 53% more sick days in January than any other month of the year, analysis has shown.
According to...

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Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

9 Jan 2019

With data and analytics still at the top of the HR agenda for 2019, which are the key metrics HR...

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Most staff comfortable discussing health concerns at work

7 Jan 2019

Employees are becoming more open to talking about their health at work, research has suggested, with three-quarters of staff happy...

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