LRD Booklets October 2010
Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for union reps
Against a background of recession and looming widespread job cuts many employers are tightening up their sickness absence procedures, while sick workers are increasingly reluctant to take time off for fear of being sacked or made redundant. This booklet is a fully updated guide for union representatives and workers to their current rights in relation to sickness absence and sick pay.
Introduction (462 words)
Industrial relations and work organisation are key issues in sickness absence. However, even though the evidence strongly links employee involvement ...
1. Background and key developments (2,323 words)
An annual survey by manufacturing employers’ organisation EEF, published in July 2010, found an overall fall in the levels of both long and ...
2. Sickness absence policies (7,013 words)
Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers’ health and safety in the workplace and this includes both physical and mental health, ...
3. Special circumstances (6,434 words)
Some types of sickness absence deserve special attention because the law has developed particular rules to manage particular circumstances or ...
4. Sick pay (3,234 words)
Although more than half the reps responding to the 2010 LRD survey recounted a general tightening up of sickness absence procedures (see Chapter 2 ...
5. Sickness and dismissal (5,048 words)
Because sickness absence falls within the definition of “capability” under section 98 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA), ...
6. The law (1,623 words)
Employers have a general legal obligation to provide a safe place of work for their employees, meaning they have an overall obligation to protect ...
Further help and information (526 words)
All regulations made since 1987 can be downladed from the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website at: www.opsi.gov.uk using the Statutory ...