Employee sickness advice from the experts

By: Hayley Orchard

When you need to know exactly how to deal with staff sick leave and sick pay, call Employers Direct.

Our legal experts tell you everything you need to know about sickness employment rights in the UK, and our helpline gives free advice to employers only.

Call anytime—we’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 144 4050

Supporting 28,517 businesses nationwide

If you don’t understand the law around employee sickness, you could find yourself facing substantial costs in a tribunal payout. It only takes one employee to make a claim against you…

It’s not a risk you can take.

That’s why 28,517 small business owners trust Employers Direct to help them get it right. And we’ll do the same for you.

Instant answers to your questions

87.2% of our callers ask us about employee absence, and the most common questions are:

  • Do I have to pay my employee sick pay?
  • What are long-term sickness employment rights in the UK?
  • Can an employer contact an employee while on sick leave?

We give you answers in an instant.

No long conversations, no jargon, and no charge. Just clear, straightforward advice.

Create a watertight employee sickness policy

The first step to dealing with employee sick leave is to have clear policies and procedures in place.

We advise you how to write clear documents and contracts that cover all elements of short-term and long-term sick leave, including: 

  • Monitoring
  • Return to work
  • Presenteeism
  • Sickness absence abuse
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Long-term sickness
  • Employee assistance programmes (EAPs)

Get your free expert advice on employee sickness and call Employers Direct today on 0800 144 4050