FIT NOTES - 31.10.2023
Updated fit note guidance for employers
More detail. On 6 October 2023 the government issued updated guidance on fit notes for employers and line managers (see The next step ). The most notable changes are the addition of: an employer’s checklist (which can be found in Annex A) and a guide which explains the sections of the fit note. The updated guidance also includes six new case studies which cover a homeworking scenario, a phased return to work, an employee with lower back problems, an employee who can’t drive and implementing professional advice. ...
SICKNESS ABSENCE - 04.10.2023
Sickness absence on the rise
More absence. According to a YouGov poll commissioned by Acas, 26% of employers have seen a rise in sickness absence levels compared to August/September 2023. Consequently, it’s reminding employers that they can boost productivity, improve attendance levels and save money by addressing sickness absence and advising them that a good work-life balance can lead to lower sickness absence rates overall. ...
SICKNESS ABSENCE - 20.09.2023
Sun, sea, sand and holiday sickness
An employee has returned to work after a week’s holiday abroad. Unfortunately, they were struck down with a bug on their arrival and weren’t able to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Must you automatically recredit their holiday?
SICKNESS ABSENCE - 29.08.2023
How to tackle regular odd days of sickness absence
You’ve noticed that one of your employees is regularly taking an odd day’s sickness absence here and there. What’s the best way to tackle this short-term sickness absence problem?
PAY - 24.08.2023
Recovering overpayments from an employee
You’ve discovered that an employee has been accidentally overpaid and are thinking about automatically deducting the amount of the overpayment from their next salary payment. What does the law permit you to do here?
FIT NOTES - 24.08.2023
Q&A - fit notes for part timers
Q. We employ a part timer who works three days per week. This employee has just gone into their second week of sickness absence and we’ve asked them to provide a fit note . However, they insist that they only need to give us a fit note after seven working days’ absence. Is this correct? ...