Absence Management

Looking at short- and long-term absence

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Course Overview

This course is an ideal introduction to absence management for those new to people management and has been developed around answering two key questions:

If an employee is regularly absent for short periods, can you give a disciplinary warning? and

If the absence continues for a longer period what can you do?

Lecturer Kathy Daniels will discuss the importance of maintaining accurate records when documenting short-term absence and how to analyse this data and identify patterns which may explain the employee’s behaviour.

For those unfamiliar with the ‘Bradford Factor’ Kathy will outline what this is and how it can be used to calculate absence. Consideration will also be given to whether absence is a related to capability or conduct issues i.e. a can’t do or won’t do approach and what can be done in each instance.

To ensure that viewers are aware of the correct process to follow should they wish to use disciplinary warnings, the Acas Code of Practice: Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures will be examined.

For more experienced practitioners such as partners, HR and practice managers, this course provides useful insights on how best to manage short- and long-term absence. Consideration will be given to the pros and cons of the trigger point system of absence management, access to medical records following the Data Protection Act 2018 and employees presenting fit notes.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have considered the wider issues associated with managing absence at work
  • • Have received useful guidance on how to successfully manage short-and-long-term absence practice
  • • Be familiar with absence management case law
  • • Be able to distinguish between ‘can’t do’ and ‘won’t do’ and know how to manage each situation
  • • Be aware of the issues surrounding disability discrimination and absence

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for managers, partners, HR and practice managers


About Instructor - Kathy Daniels

Kathy is a Teaching Fellow at Aston University, lecturing in employment law and employee relations. After a career in HR, in the manufacturing sector, she now writes extensively on HR related topics, and specifically on employment law. Kathy has written an employment law textbook which is currently in its third edition, and also writes a broad range of materials for organisations such as the CIPD. In addition, she is a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunal, sitting in Birmingham.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    7 Page
  • Slides
    8 Page


  • Quiz


  • Price
  • £ 60