Webinar: Managing sickness absence successfully

Huw Cooke, senior associate at Burges Salmon, guides you through the nuts and bolts of effective sickness absence management before discussing some of the tricky challenges that can arise.

This webinar will help you to:

  • understand the process of managing short- and long-term sickness absence;
  • tackle common hurdles, including uncooperative employees;
  • get the most out of instructing occupational health advisors; and
  • handle COVID-related sick pay issues confidently, including whether it is permissible to withhold company sick pay for individuals who are unvaccinated.

We also guide you through some difficult but common scenarios, including sickness absence that commences after a performance process has started, and managing an absent employee whose lifestyle outside work appears inconsistent with their sickness.

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Case law referenced in Huw's slides

Contact with individual on absence

  • Private Medicine Intermediaries v Hodkinson (EAT/0134/15/)

Reasonable adjustments

  • Bray v London Borough of Camden (EAT/1162/01)
  • Jennings v Barts and the London NHS Trust (EAT/0056/12/)
  • Griffiths v Sec of State for Work and Pensions (IRLR 216 CA)