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Advice for Employers on National Sickie Day (Feb 5)

Liam A Entwistle

Published byLiam A Entwistle

5th February 2024

Advice for Employers on National Sickie Day (Feb 5)

Today is dubbed ‘National Sickie Day’ (5th February) - statistically the day when most workers are likely to call in sick, according to research.

A recent report by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that sick days at work have hit the highest level in 10 years - so is this National Sickie Day set to be the biggest?

Liam Entwistle, our employment law expert, highlights the importance of responsible practices if employers find themselves with reduced staff numbers this February 5.

With a focus on proactive measures, WJM aims to guide employers in navigating the challenges posed by rising employee absences.

Liam said: "As we approach 'National Sickie Day' this Monday, it's essential to shed light on the significance of responsible and proactive measures employers can take regarding sickness.

"While the day may not be marked by greeting cards just yet, the impact of employee absences is far from celebratory for both employers and employees alike.

“The dark and stormy January we've experienced has taken a toll on many, leading to a surge in sick days as individuals grapple with various illnesses since the start of the New Year.

“But as we anticipate the arrival of Spring with brighter nights and, hopefully, warmer days, it's crucial for employers to approach sickness absences with an open and curious mindset.

“A robust return-to-work interview practice serves as both a deterrent for unplanned absences and a crucial channel for understanding employee wellbeing.

“Employers should be mindful of the legal implications, as the law on disability discrimination can apply even when conditions are not fully appreciated.

“By championing responsible employment practices, employers not only foster a healthy workplace culture but also contribute to the overall well-being of their workforce.”

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