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Employment Law Seminar: Resilience and sickness absence

Employment Law Seminar: Resilience and sickness absence

Wednesday, 10 October 2012
09:00 - 12:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD


Tom Watkins, Director, Dickinson Dees LLP
 Sarah James, Associate, Dickinson Dees LLP

What was covered in the session:

Tom Watkins and Sarah James from Dickinson Dees LLP gave insights into how to deal with sickness absence in the workplace. The speakers distinguished two type of sickness absenteeism: persistent short-term and long-term sickness absence. The speakers recommended keeping record of the reasons of short-term sickness absence. A worker who has several short-term sick leaves with various health reasons should be guided to speak with occupational health services to ensure that the health problems are not a sign of a serious illness. Social problems at work should also be considered a reason for short-term sickness absence. When an employee suffers from a condition that potentially requires long-term sick-leave, independent medical report should be requested, this report should include information of the following: nature of the condition, effects of the illness on work capability, and estimated return to work –date. 

Dickinson Dees also highlighted the employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments to enable employee to return to work. There are a number of factors to take into account when an employee's condition requires workplace adjustments. In addition to cost, effectiveness of recommended adjustment to improve employee’s capability to continue working should be considered.

If you would like to find out more about this event then please contact Alice Holland on or alternatively 0207 976 3513.

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