Sick Leave

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


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. Can they legally do this as I am under the impression that an employee cannot work while signed off?

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The Questions Most Asked by Small Business Owners

We have compiled a list of the top six questions most frequently put to our panel of business adviser experts.


Calling in sick 

Bosses are rendered powerless by the line: ‘I feel a bit fluey, I don’t think I’ll be able to come in today.’

Employing & managing staff

Excessive sick leave

I have an employee who I think is having excessive time off sick. His latest excuse is that he has had to take an extra job to make ends meet and was too tired to come into work this morning. How do we stand regarding disciplinary procedures?

Employing & managing staff

Almost half of UK workers on sick leave continue to work when unwell

Of those, 32 per cent read work emails, 25 per cent take work-related calls, 19 per cent work online and 2 per cent host meetings from their sick bed, according to research from Bupa.

Employing & managing staff

Fit notes are set to replace sick notes at work

Fit notes are set to replace sick notes. Neeta Laing, head of employment law at Lewis Hymanson Small, explains how the system will work.

Employing & managing staff

Part-time employee sick pay entitlements

What are the sick leave entitlements for a part-time employee who has been signed off work due to back problems?

Employing & managing staff

Rule change could stop sickies

Proposed changes to the way official sick notes are issued may help reduce the number of non-genuine absences from work, say employment lawyers.

Employing & managing staff

Cure needed for sick leave

Employee sick leave is proving to be a headache for nearly a quarter of small to medium-sized business owners and managers in the UK, according to research from Bibby Financial Services.

Employing & managing staff

Am I entitled to sick pay?

If I am self-employed, can I get any sick pay when I have an operation?

Masterclass Series

Open Banking

Simon Cureton, CEO of Funding Options, explores the benefits of Open Banking for small and medium-sized businesses

Partner content

PayFit raises €254M to continue transforming in-house payroll for SMEs

Now valued at €1.82B, PayFit aims to strengthen its position in its current markets

Masterclass Series

Green finance

Simon Cureton, CEO of Funding Options, walks us through the 'green boom' in eco-friendly businesses along the growth of green finance

Masterclass Series

The funding landscape

This article from Tracc looks at the changing funding landscape and how business owners can improve their chance to secure funding themselves