SICKNESS MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURE

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SICKNESS MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURE Approved by Cabinet: 30 th January 2006 Implemented with effect from: 1 st July 2006 Amended 12 January 2010: para 11.2.2 (review period) Amended 29 March 2009: amended to ‘fit notes’; added intranet links Amended 1 October 2010: to reflect Equalities Act Amended 15 March & 1 April 2011 to reflect change to absence trigger point CONTENTS 1. Scope ............................................................................................................................ 1 2. Introduction .................................................................................................................. 1 3. Responsibilities of Employees .................................................................................. 2 4. Responsibilities of Management ............................................................................... 2 5. Link With Other Procedures ....................................................................................... 2 6. Relevant Considerations ............................................................................................ 3 7. Early Informal Action .................................................................................................. 3 7.1. Return To Work Discussion .............................................................................. 3 7.2. Underlying Medical Conditions and Reasonable Adjustments ........................ 3 8. Monitoring And Reviewing Sickness Absence ........................................................ 4 9. Representation ............................................................................................................ 4 10. Formal Stages .............................................................................................................. 4 11. Short-term Sickness Absence ................................................................................... 5 12. Long-Term Absence .................................................................................................... 5 13. Final Formal Stage ...................................................................................................... 6 14. Appeals ......................................................................................................................... 7 Appendix 1: Reporting Sickness Absence ........................................................................ 8 Flow Chart: Short-Term Absence ....................................................................................... 9 Flow Chart: Long-Term Absence ...................................................................................... 10 1. Scope 1.1. This procedure applies to all Council employees except teachers, lecturers and school-based staff who have their own procedures. 1.2. The procedure will apply in full to employees new to Croydon on satisfactory completion of their probation period. Sections 2, 3, 4, 6 and Appendix 1 will apply to these employees from their first day of service. 2. Introduction 2.1. This document explains what employees must do when absent from work due to sickness and what procedures will be followed when absence occurs. 772b7703aeb2afcd07d8d6b7e78b1fa142c5889e.doc March 2011 1
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2.2. Regular and punctual attendance is a contractual condition on all employees. The Council is committed to reducing absence and will manage sickness with sensitivity. However, nothing in this policy will prevent or restrict the Council’s right to terminate employment before entitlement to sick pay is exhausted. 2.3. Employees who abuse this procedure, or the provisions of the sick pay scheme, may have their sick pay withheld and/or be subject to disciplinary action. Examples of abuse include: not reporting sickness or providing statements of fitness to work (fit notes) as required; failing to attend meeting with management or the Occupational Health Service; and engaging in activities which are inconsistent with the alleged illness or which may aggravate the illness or delay recovery such as, undertaking employment or participating in sport. 3. Responsibilities of Employees All employees have a responsibility to: attend work when fit to do so and not use sick leave unless medically unfit to attend work or remain at work. attend appointments arranged with management or the Council's Occupational Health Service (OHS), as part of this procedure. report their sickness in accordance with this procedure (see Appendix 1). inform their manager as soon as possible of any changes in their condition that affects their ability to do their job or alters the timescales for their return to work.
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