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How to cope with 'National Sickie Day'

Bad weather, financial woes and the endurance of a long and bleak January has meant that today (February 3), the first Monday in February, has become one of the worst days for employees calling in sick

This Monday (February 3) is National Sickie Day. According to the latest research, the first Monday in February is one of the worst days for employees calling in sick. Miserable weather, financial headaches and the end of a typically challenging month means that many are expected to ‘pull a sickie’.

The cost of absenteeism to businesses is significant and can be both disruptive and frustrating. So what can employers do if an employee fails to show up for work? Unauthorised absence can be dealt with under a disciplinary procedure, but be careful to remember that some will be genuinely ill and therefore do not assume that they have taken a ‘sickie’. Employers need to remember to act consistently to avoid allegations of discrimination and always ensure with all disciplinary action that everyone gets a fair procedure. 

Employers should also check contracts and policies to see what sick pay the employee is entitled to and it may be that the ‘waiting days’ for statutory sick pay are a deterrent against this sort of conduct alongside the effective us of return to work interviews.”


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