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As part of keeping you in our focus, our ‘legal lightbulb’ update ensures you’re on top of the latest changes in legislation, case law, and people trends.

Record long-term sickness absence

2.5 million employees are reported to be on long-term sick leave in the UK. We know statistically and from our own experience that the longer an absence persists, the less likely an employee is to return to work. Simple steps can help support employees back to work:

  • A clear absence policy supports managers and employees to understand expectations and when intervention can be expected
  • Balanced, proactive communication ensures the employee feels informed and understands next steps
  • Welcome back meetings (some call them ‘return to work’) ensure the employee understands the support available and the next steps if there is further absence
  • GP or occupational health support provides medical insight and support (provided their involvement is requested appropriately).

It can sometimes be tricky to know what options are open to you when managing long-term absence, we’re here to help.

ACAS guidance on whistleblowing

ACAS recently published new guidance on whistleblowing for employers and employees. It’s not always clear if an employee has ‘blown the whistle’ and can be tricky to understand your options (again, that’s what we’re here for). The new guidance provides a helpful breakdown and practical examples of:

  • Who is protected by the law on whistleblowing and when it applies
  • Legal protections from detriment
  • The type of disclosures protected
  • How employees can make a disclosure and how you should respond
  • What your whistleblowing policy should cover (we have one on Intelligent Employment here)

People dates for your diary – September 2023

18 | International Equal Pay Day

18-22 | International Week of Happiness at Work

25-29 | National Inclusion Week

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss anything we’ve covered in more detail.
This update is accurate on the date it was published, but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.

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