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Reducing Sickness Absence - Easy Ways to Cut Costs

A Tips & Advice book about... 

In a nutshell

This book helps you manage and reduce sickness absence in your workplace. It’s crammed with advice to minimise sick pay, prevent abuse and increase productivity. It also explains your rights and the steps to take should the situation get out of hand.

In detail

Sickness absence is bad for business. Fraudulent sickness absence is estimated to cost employers £522 per employee annually in direct costs. You need a compelling strategy to manage sickness absence and save your business money. The advice in this book helps you achieve this by explaining how to:

  • Analyse sickness absence in your business
  • Set out a well-drafted sickness absence policy
  • Deal with fit notes
  • Conduct return to work interviews
  • Tackle sick pay in the most cost-effective way
  • Avoid discrimination, take disciplinary action or dismiss an employee
  • Promote a healthy workplace

There's no escaping the many problems caused by sickness absence. Aside from the financial burden, it leads to disruption and reduced productivity. You can no longer sit back and let it happen. The advice in this book will help you fight back and safely manage sickness absence.

We've created this Tips & Advice book especially for... 

Business owners, personnel managers, HR officers, company directors, advisors and consultants that want to:

  • Control and limit sickness absence and the associated costs in the workplace

This new edition includes… 

  • Sick pay rates for 2017/18
  • New case law regarding sickness absence
  • Further information on the Fit for Work service
  • Updated documents

You'll get the following free extras with this Tips & Advice book... 

An Online Service with ready-to-use documents

  • To immediately apply our advice and solutions in practice
  • That you can easily adapt to suit your own requirements

In this Tips & Advice book you'll read about...

Table of contents


Chapter 1 - Sickness absence: an overview

1.1. Introduction

1.2. What is sickness absence?

1.3. The real causes of sickness absence

1.4. The cost to employers

1.5. A review of sickness absence

Chapter 2 - Analysing sickness absence

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Why analyse sickness absence rates?

2.3. How to calculate sickness absence rates

2.4. Other factors to consider

2.5. Legal issues

Chapter 3 - A robust sickness absence policy

3.1. Introduction

3.2. What are the legal requirements?

3.3. What should a sickness absence policy include?

3.4. Non-contractual status of a sickness absence policy

3.5. Dealing with policy breaches

Chapter 4 - The fit note regime

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Fit notes

4.3. What information does a fit note include?

4.4. The GP’s options

4.5. Dealing with a fit note

Chapter 5 - Return-to-work interviews

5.1. Introduction

5.2. The purpose of return-to-work interviews

5.3. The return-to-work interview process

Chapter 6 - Sick pay

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Statutory sick pay

6.3. Company sick pay

Chapter 7 - Seeking specialist advice

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Medical examinations clause

7.3. The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988

7.4. Getting the medical experts involved

7.5. Seeking occupational health advice

Chapter 8 - Avoiding discrimination

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Disability discrimination

8.3. Pregnancy

8.4. Health-related questions

Chapter 9 - Discipline and capability issues

9.1. Introduction

9.2. Fraudulent sickness absence

Chapter 10 - Supporting a healthy workforce

10.1. Introduction

10.2. Healthy workplace

10.3. Alcohol and substance misuse initiatives

10.4. Smoking cessation initiatives

10.5. Exercise initiatives

10.6. Illness awareness

10.7. The Health, Work and Wellbeing initiative

Chapter 11 - Documents

Reducing Sickness Absence - Easy Ways to Cut Costs

  • Reduce your sick pay bill
  • Call a halt to fraudulent sickness absence
  • Get staff back to work sooner
  • Including Online Service with ready-to-use documents
  • 215 pages
  • Free UK delivery

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