Absenteeism and Sick Leave

Absence management is an important step in addressing business costs. Because of competitive pressures, companies can no longer afford to carry unnecessary absence that they may have tolerated in the past. Therefore, many companies are focusing on the issue of eliminating, or at least reducing, unnecessary levels of absence.

Implications of returning to school and childcare and exposure to Covid-19

Eemployees with children who are returning to, and/or attending, school or childcare facilities and who are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 .. Read more

SFA Guide on Managing Absenteeism

This publication will give you a process to manage absence levels and an absence and sick pay policy template which can be tailored for any business. .. Read more

SFA Sample absence and sick pay policy

This sample absence and sick pay policy comes in two parts. The first section covers absence and sick leave and the second section details a sample sick pay scheme which you can modify for your business. If you are planning to introduce a sick pay scheme we recommend you download the SFA guideline on sick pay schemes. .. Read more

SFA Guideline on Sick Pay Schemes

Trying to manage a sick pay scheme? Here you will find an SFA guideline that outlines the main provisions that an employer should consider when introducing or reviewing an occupational sick pay scheme. The introduction and operation of a sick pay scheme should not contribute to higher absence levels in an organisation. For this reason particular attention is given to .. Read more

Dealing with Long Term Absenteeism

The SFA have produced a best practice approach on how to deal with a staff member who is absent for a long time. Employee's can accrue service entitlements as well as annual leave and public holidays while on sick leave, so it is important to manage the situation closely and engage with the employee throughout the time they are away from work. .. Read more

Absenteeism due extreme weather conditions

With the increase in extreme weather in recent years the SFA have produced an information sheet on how to manage employee absence during extreme weather. In addition, small businesses can download the sample extreme weather policy. .. Read more