Sick Leave

Articles, guides and advice on managing sick leave as a small business.

Employing & managing staff

Can I send an employee home if they have Covid?

What do I do if a staff member has Covid symptoms? Can I send them home to stop them infecting other staff? How much should I pay them to self-isolate? Claire Williams from CIPHR offers advice

Employing & managing staff

Do I have to pay staff who are self-isolating?

Do you have to pay employees who are self-isolating full wage because they’ve been pinged by NHS Test and Trace? If so, what help is available?

Employing & managing staff

Dismissing staff on long term sick leave

What should you do if you suspect one staff member is malingering? Deliberate work avoidance can affect your whole team’s morale, says Sue Temelty

Employing & managing staff

How do bank holidays affect statutory sick pay?

I have to make an employee redundant. She has been on long-term sick leave, has three years of service, and our annual leave policy is 22 days plus all English bank holidays. Must I pay her for bank holidays while she has been off?

Legal advice

Sick leave – Making changes to company sickness policy

Is it possible to make changes to our company sickness policy? Peter Done of HR consultancy Peninsula answers the question

Employing & managing staff

Coronavirus: what are your sick pay obligations if your staff self-isolate?

We answer some of they key questions around what to do about statutory sick pay (SSP) when your staff are required to self-isolate

Employing & managing staff

Statutory sick pay minimum payments for employees

What is the minimum I am legally required to pay in sick leave for part-time and full-time workers?

Employing & managing staff

Football fever: how to handle ‘sick’ leave

To save staff calling in sick after tonight's World Cup semi-final, is it worth being more flexible with their working hours? Conor McArdle of Brighter Business explains how to cope.

Employing & managing staff

Is this the end for National Sickie day?

2017 statistics show National Sickie Day is no more, with employees more likely to take Monday off than any other day.


Lack of sick pay leaves UK workers on financial cliff-edge

UK employees are facing a financial cliff edge if ill health strikes – with 37 per cent unable to pay bills in the event of illness.


UK workers reveal the worst excuses they’ve given for not turning up to work

UK workers reveal the worst excuses they’ve given for not turning up to work, as half of professionals reveal they feel guilty about taking sick days.


Pulling a sickie is costing the UK economy £900 million

One in seven SME workers fake an illness to take three days off each year and the British economy suffers because of it.

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4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience