Sick Leave

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

Sole trader

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.

Employing & managing staff

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?


Employees scared to call in sick

Most workers are too worried about their jobs to call in sick, despite renewed fears of a swine flu epidemic.

Employing & managing staff

NICE work if you can get it

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has turned its hand to the management of long-term sickness absence with a consultation on best practice.

Legal advice

Employers obligation to pay SSP to employee

I have a small shop and one of my staff is off work with a long term illness. He has indicated that he will not be returning to work. Am I still obliged to pay his statutory sick pay and is there any help for small business to cope with this cost?

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?

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

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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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