Sickness absence

Fit notes for sick employees hit record high

The NHS issued 10.4 million fit notes in 2022, a record high.

Bank of Scotland employee fairly dismissed for year off sick

An employee signed off work for almost a year was dismissed fairly by his employer, the employment tribunal has found.

Fit note update modernises sick leave

The government has introduced new legislation allowing medical professionals other than GPs to provide fit notes for sick workers if they are unable to work.

Fairness in the workplace relates to health over time

Research demonstrates a link between how staff perceive the fairness of their treatment and their health

How to manage recurring sickness absence

The annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations, according to a study published recently by the CIPD. Vocational rehabilitation consultant Katya Halsall...

The Equality Act: one year on

In October 2010, the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) marked the arrival of the most important piece of anti-discrimination legislation in forty years.

Absence: How does it affect the workplace and what can employers do about it?

Figures vary on the price tag of staff absence but, based on an average salary of £25,000 a year, UK employers are left with an annual bill of at least £32 billion, although some estimations put it...

How to manage redundancy of an employee on long-term sickness absence

Compassionately dealing with an employee who is on long-term sickness leave can be challenging for those who do not have the expertise, and the addition of a redundancy can make it even more complex....