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How to create a fair and equal absence management policy

Published on October 31, 2018 Originally recorded 2018   6 min
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You have a case study provided as a separate document. Read the case study, and consider your answers to the following questions, and then we will look at these. This is a summary of the key points. Fortune Gifts is in the manufacturing sector, it has a 120 employees. Some of these employees have been there for very long time, 30 years plus. They don't recognize a union, and training is provided to managers on absence by the HR business partner, but this is not considered effective by managers.
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The key issues in the case study are that managers are allowed to increase sick pay at their discretion. This has led to wide variations in how much paid time-off those with long term ill health conditions receive. Managers complain that some staff seem to take a couple of weeks off of sickness each year in the same way that they take annual leave. This is to take advantage of the paid sick leave. The work is causing upper-limb disorders, this is another key problem.
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In terms of process, the key points are, the trigger points are used. There was one employee who was fired two years ago for absence, and this has had a profound effect. Since then, no one has progressed to that stage. Staff are frequently complaining about being managed for what they see is legitimate absence. Hourly paid and salaried staff are differently managed in terms of absence. Managers in different departments are treating the same condition differently. So, the example in the case study is two employees with migraines. Upper limb disorders are caused by the nature of the work.
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