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Sick absence policy

A sick absence policy should make clear exactly what's expected from both the employer and employee if the employee is sick.

Sick absence


[Company] values good attendance at work and is committed to improving the general wellbeing of its employees to achieve this. 


This policy is applicable to all employees of [company name].

General principles

Although we aim to secure regular attendance, we do not expect employees to attend when they are unwell.

Notification of Absence

Should you be unable to attend work due to illness or injury, you must comply with the following sickness absence reporting procedure:

On the first morning of your sickness absence, you must contact the Company and speak to your line manager at the earliest possible opportunity and as close to your normal start time as possible. In any event, this must be no later than two hours after your normal start time. If you are unable to speak to your line manager personally, you should speak to [insert name of contact]. You should give details of the nature of your illness and, if the illness is of a minor nature, you should indicate when you believe you will be fit to return to work. You must inform your line manager as soon as possible of any change in the date of your anticipated return to work.

For an absence of seven consecutive calendar days or less, you are required to telephone your line manager on a daily basis in accordance with the reporting procedure set out above. You must also complete a self-certification of sickness absence form immediately on your return to work. Self-certification forms are available from (and should be returned once completed to) [insert name of contact]. You are reminded that it is a serious disciplinary offence to provide false information on a self-certification form.

Should your sickness absence be for a period in excess of seven calendar days, you are required as an absolute minimum to contact your line manager on a weekly basis in order to provide an update on your

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Reviewed 9 May 2022

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