Employers urged to address absence issues

02-06-2007

Employers urged to address absence issues
Taking a strong stance against workplace sickies is a necessary skill for employers, a new report states.

Law firm DWF has said that in light of recent figures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) showing sick days cost UK business around £12.2 billion per year, employment tribunals may be a necessary method to increase productivity.

The company believes workers who take time off for minor illnesses affect the morale of other staff and should be dismissed if proper procedures are followed.

Joanne Pearce, company spokeswoman, said: "Employment tribunals recognise that, when poor attendance becomes commercially damaging, it may be reasonable to sack someone. However employers have to give them due warning, take steps to establish the reason and try to rectify the situation first.

"Ascertaining the reason will determine the approach you need to take. There is a clear difference between disciplinary warnings and warnings in cases of genuine but nevertheless disruptive absences. "

The CBI survey found in April that workers took an average of seven days off sick during 2006.

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