Nicola Rowe of employment solicitors Richard Nelson outlines some of the key issues to consider when managing employee sick leave.
With the number of swine flu cases shooting up across the UK, many practices are having to deal with the potentially thorny issue of sick leave. For practice managers, this can present a number of problems, especially when there is prolonged absence or persistent short-term absences.
It is important for employers to tackle these situations correctly, or they could find themselves with angry or demoralized employees or, at worst, a claim against them for disability discrimination or unfair dismissal.
How much is too much?
Persistent short-term absences can be particularly difficult for employers to manage as they are largely taken at the so...