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Employee absence is a significant cost to UK businesses. How much is it costing your business?

According to the Department of Work and Pensions:*

  • around 130 million working days are lost each year to sickness absence in Great Britain
  • around 960,000 employees each year experience one or more spells of long-term absence (over four weeks)
  • employers pay £9 billion a year on sick pay and associated costs
  • each year, the UK economy loses £15 billion due to sickness absence.

As well as the financial issues involved, absence can cause significant difficulties for employers, including:

  • increasing the workload for staff who are at work, affecting their morale
  • the cost of bringing in temporary replacement staff
  • missed deadlines
  • damaging relationships with clients.

In managing absence, employers need to work within the legal framework including the Equality Act 2010, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Data Protection Act 1998.

This brief guide covers some of the key points relating to managing absence but the expert advice of an employment law specialist, tailored to your particular circumstances, will always be of value.

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