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Advice on Managing Sickness Absence

August 2016

This guide tries to answer some questions you might ask when an employee is absent from work due to sickness or unauthorised absence. Questions like:

  • How can I tell if someone is genuinely sick or if they just didn't feel like coming to work?
  • Can I dismiss someone when they are away sick?
  • How do I talk to my employees about why they were away?
  • What action can I take to improve the attendance of my employees?
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