Managing Sickness Absence - MLP Law

Managing Sickness Absence

Sickness can severely disrupt your business’ productivity and increase costs if not managed properly.

At any given time, you may face short-term or persistent absences, long-term absences and employees with disabilities which affect their work.

It is easy to feel as if there is no solution. However, unmanaged sickness allows the negative impact on the business to continue. It is therefore vital to proactively manage difficult sickness issues.

Request a consultation with our expert Employment Law solicitors to discuss
how to effectively manage any sickness absence issues affecting your business.

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Our Employment Law solicitors are experts at assisting employers to proactively
manage difficult sickness issues whilst minimising the risks to the business.

Our services include:

  • Creating bespoke Sickness Absence Policies, setting out expectations for reporting sickness absence and how such absences will be managed;
  • Guiding employers through important sickness absence management meetings, including Return to Work Meetings, Welfare Meetings and Capability Meetings;
  • Obtaining medical information and occupational health advice to inform and assist with making key decisions;
  • Minimising the risk of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims arising from capability dismissals or sickness absence management
  • Advising on making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees; and
  • Providing bespoke training to managers conducting sickness management processes.

Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for your business.

We take the time to understand your business and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.


“The experience has been fantastic, and head and shoulders above our experience with other professional service firms. They are responsive, professional, understanding of our business needs and patient with us as a client.”

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  1. How should I tackle short-term or persistent absences?

    If an employee is repeatedly off for short bursts, you should initiate a formal process to investigate their health issues. It may be that there have an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed or it may turn out to be a conduct issue.

  2. Can I dismiss an employee on long-term sickness absence?

    The short answer is yes. There is, however, a particular procedure that must be followed to reduce any risk to your business and also ensure that the employee has been treated fairly.

  3. How do I know if an employee is disabled?

    The law protects individuals in the work place from being discriminated against because of a disability. In those circumstances, an individual is considered to be disabled in a legal sense if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

  4. What are reasonable adjustments?

    Reasonable adjustments are measures that are taken by your business, taking into account its size and resources, to reduce the adverse effect of an employee’s disability when performing their job.

  5. Can I force an employee to provide me with medical information?

    Essentially, any medical information given by an employee, such as their GP records, must be accessed with their consent, although your employment contracts may oblige your employees to co-operate with your medical investigations.

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Your business is unique, as are the challenges it faces.
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Communication is key. We’re fluent in plain language and have no time for legal jargon. We believe in complete transparency and proactivity, providing you with a clear path and fixed fees so you’re never caught off guard.

  • We are proactive and keep your options open

Most businesses only call their lawyers when things go wrong. By then, it may be too late. We know that prevention is always better than the cure. We work with you proactively to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and ensure successful outcomes before problems arise. We save you time, money and the stress that comes with handling legal issues.

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