Managing Absence for Employers

For employers the challenge is to manage absence in a fair and consistent way and within the confines of the law. Generally sick absence falls into two categories, either short term absence or longer term sickness. The former can be a problem when there are frequent absences and the latter can be difficult to manage if the reason for the absence is unclear. When managing both types of absence it is essential that there is a clear policy in place setting out the acceptable attendance levels and that employees are aware of this. Where employees are dismissed for poor attendance it can then be clearly demonstrated that the employee has