Managing absence: regulations, responsibilities and proactive prevention

It’s safe to say that, when it comes to Covid-19, you will need to keep your absence policy fluid. It is and will be treated differently from other absences. This page offers resources that will take you through the current advice, the regulations and your responsibilities as an employer.

But it’s not just about what to do when employees are unwell. Managing absence is also about being proactive in helping your people stay happy and healthy. This is especially important in the current crisis as they adapt to new ways of working. Your responsibilities do not stop just because an employee is working remotely from home.

Practical resources

Download our quick overview guide to managing absence

For more ideas about how you can keep your people healthy and well while they’re working from home, download our guide to agile working

Your questions answered

We’ll be updating this page regularly as new questions come in. If you have a specific query you want answered, use the contact form here

The employee will be entitled to take sick leave, to cover the period of their absence. During this time, they would be entitled to SSP from the first day of absence and it will be down to company discretion or scheme rules as to whether they chose to pay Company Occupational Sick Pay. (For a more detailed advice, download our guide to managing absence, above.)

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