Sick Leave

The Sick Leave small business archive.

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

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

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.


UK sick leave numbers hit critical

Employers have to make their workers' happiness a higher priority to stop the UK heading the European sick leave table, it has been claimed

Partner content

How to prepare for business growth in 2022

The team at Funding Options explain how to prepare for business growth in 2022

Partner content

Tide to empower small businesses to optimise cash flow with insights tool

Tide is introducing a Cashflow Insights tool to help small businesses mitigate delays in payment and improve their credit score

Partner content

Business Current Account Masterclass

Tune into the Masterclass from the Current Account Switch Service to find out why you should switch your business account pronto

Partner content

How should I select my business broadband provider?

As with any supplier, it’s important to do your research and ask important questions before you select a broadband provider for your business. But what are the must-have things you should take into consideration?