What should be included?

General provisions

  • Contractual sick pay entitlements (no advantage of reference to discretionary payments)
  • Absence notification procedure
  • Self-certification period / process
  • When a Fit Note is required
  • Right to require employee to attend OH and (with consent) request a report from their doctor
  • Return to work interviews
  • Regular contact during absence
  • Policy on absence during holidays, adverse weather, etc
  • Include provision in disciplinary procedure for breach of procedure or other unacceptable absence
  • The employer reserves the right in capability procedure to deal with absence under either:
    • Sickness policy (Part 1 and Part 2)
    • Disciplinary
  • Reserve right to enter process / take level of action ­ depending on the circumstances
  • Right to appeal
  • Non-contractual policy