All too often sickness absence is not dealt with effectively by employers, leading to decreased efficiency, reduced profits, demotivated employees and frustrated employers.
Whether you are dealing with short-term, persistent absences or a case of long-term incapacity, the key is to engage properly with the employee in question, identify the issues and work together to arrange a return to work.
In addition to consultation with the employee, employers should also consider taking advice from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner, whether that is an occupational health adviser or a specialist consultant. Very rarely will advice from a GP be of any proper help. This will ensure that any decision taken about an employee’s future in the business is done so with a clear understanding of the employee’s medical condition and how this is likely to impact on the employee and the business in the future.
In addition to advice and on-site support during any capability process we will also provide you with the following documentation:
- Invite to welfare meeting;
- Invite to capability hearing;
- Outcome to capability hearing;
- Invite to capability appeal hearing;
- Outcome to capability appeal hearing;
- Instruction to occupational health or consultant.
For further advice and support on managing sickness absence, please contact our team and we will be happy to help.