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Sickness Absence Toolkit

Helpful information for managers in supporting employees, and managing sickness absence.

Absent without leave guidance

These guidelines set out the process to follow in the event that an employee is absent from work without authorised leave.


Frequently asked questions explaining the new sick absence procedure, reporting procedure and what managers and employees are responsible for. 

Fit note guidance

Guidance for line managers on what to expect from a fit note.

Managing through the menopause guidance

Guidance on managing through the menopause, offering supportive advice and information for managers.

Reasonable adjustments

High level guidance for employees and managers, providing information and key considerations regarding adjustments in the workplace.

Return to work guidance

Information on what to cover when an employee returns to work.

Return to work form 

Form for managers and employee to fill out upon the employees return to work.

Sickness Absence Policy & Procedure

Policy and procedure on sickness absence. 

Time off for medical appointments guidance

Guidance on how line managers can respond to requests for time off for medical appointments and elective procedured.

Trigger points explained

Guidance on what trigger points are.

Sources of Support

  • HR Business Partners- contact your HR Partner for help and support with managing sick absence.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Mental Health Toolkit This toolkit includes a wellness action plan (WAP).
  • Wellbeing resources - a hive of resources on mental health, self-check in tools, fitness.