Sick Leave

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


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.


Sick employees not taking time off to fully recover

New data suggests that employees are not taking enough time to recover when they get sick.


British employees give the most ridiculous excuses for calling in sick

Ahead of National Sicky Day, UK bosses reveal the most ludicrous reasons given by employees when calling in sick.

Employing & managing staff

How small businesses can support employees with long-term illnesses

Employers often feel out of their depth when confronted with employees with a long-term illness. Here, Christine Husbands discusses how to approach the situation.


One in ten Britons have already called in sick from work this year

New research reveals that one in ten employed Britons in the UK have already pulled a sickie from work in 2017 so far, despite only just being out of January.


Laissez faire: British workers less likely to fake illness than the French

British workers are much less likely to fake an illness to avoid work than their French or German counterparts, a new study finds.


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

Employing & managing staff

Employee on sick leave

We are a small business employing five people. One is frequently going sick for one or two days at a time. We are still paying that employee for the days she is off sick. Can I remove her self-certification and not pay her if she has any further short term sickness leave?


Employees lie to take time off

One in three UK workers admit to lying to take time off work, mainly because of disillusionment with their jobs, finds research.

Legal advice

Can an employee work while signed off?

I have an employee who is about to have an operation and needs six weeks off to recover. They want to do some work at home after three weeks.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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