Sickness Management for small companies!
Whether you run a big firm or a small business, staff sickness is something that can’t be avoided. This can be very costly for small business that has small teams. It is crucial that staff sickness management is done efficiently by implementing policies. This will ensure that disruption of the day-to-day activities within the business are minimised.
The costs that a business incurs from staff being absent can vary, from compensating absent staff through sick pay to having to get a replacement. Other issues such as being understaffed can also cause problems for businesses. Despite the problems that are inevitable, small businesses can implement policies to mitigate the effect on the business. The following will help you make sure sickness in the workplace is dealt with properly and effectively.
You will need to have certain policies in place that will allow you to deal with circumstances that are out of your control. You will need to have a sick policy which everyone understands and is aware of, as this will help you keep the business operations running as smoothly as possible. Here are some of the things that you need to have in your staff sickness policy:
- Notice –You will need to highlight how much notice the staff have to give you. For example, you might need them to contact you at least one hour before their start time.
- Sick Pay –Also make sure your staff are aware of any sick pay they may be entitled to. This will vary from business to business depending on the policies.
- Return to work –You need to have a procedure to follow when the staff return to work. This can vary from a form being filled out to having a meeting.
- Procedure –Highlight the procedure that needs to be followed when staff are not able to make it into work. For example, you may require them to call you instead of sending a message or email. Also, you may need them to briefly explain the reason for sickness absence and the expected return date.
Aeris Employment Law can help you identify what type of scenario you are dealing with, guide you through the processes you should follow, advise you on what medical evidence you may need and draft the appropriate supporting documentation.
There for you now and in the future
We understand many of our clients come to us because they are in a difficult position: big enough to have employees and run the risk of their business being impacted by sickness absence problems, but too small to make having a full-time employment advisor on staff financially unviable.
That’s why we offer a range of pricing options. We offer a monthly retainer package but it’s not compulsory: you are more than welcome to use our services only as and when you need them. Whatever arrangement you choose, we will still offer you a dedicated point of contact, so you can get 24/7 advice as soon as any problem arises.
Even if you only use us on an “as needed” basis, you still get a big advantage over hiring in-house employment support. We have a team of legal staff at your disposal meaning you get the benefit of both our combined experience and a range of specialist knowledge and expertise to cover every aspect of sickness absence management.
How we can help?
Karin Henson is an expert UK employment law solicitor
Aeris Employment Law can help you identify what type of scenario you are dealing with, guide you through the processes you should follow, advise you on what medical evidence you may need, and draft the appropriate supporting documentation. We can also help you to setup up the right policies and procedures to better control employee’s absences.
For more information on how we can help with any areas of Employee Sickness Absence, or any UK employment law issue, contact our specialist UK employment law solicitor Karin Henson on 0121 392 7479 or please complete our online inquiry form.