Looking at short- and long-term absence
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.
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