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Sickness and absence management

Organisations are increasingly recognising the significant costs associated with high levels of absence alongside the disruption to the business on a day to day basis.

Increased discrimination legislation has left many employers unsure of how to deal with persistent short term and long term absence.  Many managers feel ill equipped to effectively deal with absence which requires continual commitment and focus to manage effectively.

Most managers would agree that a certain level of absence is acceptable, but they are often unsure of how to deal with absence when it becomes ‘unacceptable’ and specifically how they should draw that distinction.

Alongside inconsistent management of absence these issues can all lead to resentment amongst other employees and leaves employers particularly vulnerable to costly employment tribunals. The estimated cost for absence is over £16bn across the UK and can cause considerable distress for employees and employers. 

Workplace Law can help with our knowledge and experience of implementing absence management policies and practices across all sectors by implementing an absence management system to suit your business.

We can also train your managers, provide one off support for a specific absence issue or case, provide on-going support and give your managers the confidence to effectively manage absence across the organisation. This will enable a reduction in your absenteeism, reduce your financial risks, improve employee morale and increase productivity, amongst other benefits.

Why choose Workplace Law?

Workplace Law’s HR consultants have wide experience and knowledge of employment law and best practice in a number of different environments. They are able to offer pragmatic and clear advice to suit your particular company, in language you will understand.

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  • Workplace Law can help you to implement an absence management system which will reduce costs and the disruption caused to the day to day running of your organisation
  • Having a clear and well managed system in place will help to increase morale and productivity, as well as alleviate resentment amongst other employees
  • We can help to make sure that you are following best practice, fulfilling your obligations under discrimination legislation and, therefore, making sure you are not vulnerable to costly Employment Tribunals
  • With our support we can equip your management team with the skills and confidence they need to manage sickness which will reduce your reliance on external consultants and save you time and money

Case studies

Kuehne + Nagel: Managing environmental risk

Workplace Law is delivering the training of Kuehne + Nagel environmental champions staff through a year-long programme –delivering the four-day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management in a combination of elearning, in-house courses and as part of public courses at the Workplace Law Executive Centre.


BNP Paribas Sustainability Estates Training Package

In 2012 Workplace Law was asked to develop and deliver a property management-focused sustainability training course for BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. This is a branch of BNP Paribas bank, which provides a number of property services including development, management and investment of property portfolios across the UK.


Assisting Shelter: Implementing ISO 14001

Workplace Law was appointed in the final quarter of 2012 to assist Shelter with the implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Shelter wished to reduce its environmental impact, secure funding and make operational cost savings.


Helping Chaps Ltd get CHAS accredited

"In 2009 Chaps Ltd recognised that it needed to improve its health and safety systems. We changed our Health and Safety consultants to Workplace Law in order to give us a fresh approach towards our management of health and safety and to gain specialist construction advice.

"By using their expertise and experience Simon and Maria have guided us into developing a health and safety system that has achieved CHAS accreditation and given our customers and principle contractor’s confidence in our management of health and safety. They have always been available to offer advice when needed and to provide independent site inspections and audits which are often required by our customers.

"Both Simon and Maria continue to support Chaps Ltd and have become an important, integral part of our Health and Safety Management System."



"When reviewing our need for Employment Law Support, a number of companies were shortlisted and Workplace Law were chosen due to the professionalism and advice they provided. Since engaging with them they have proved to be an excellent ‘sounding board’, guide and always at the end of an email or call to give practical, commercially sound advice. The support given for a ‘handed over’ tribunal was second to none and a positive outcome. I’d recommend Workplace Law to any business that was looking for comprehensive, professional and sound employment advice." Caroline Lupton, Anson
"Having the Workplace Law Annual Support Contract in place provides our business with essential on-going day to day HR support in dealing with the wide range of personnel issues we face and in supporting our managers. As well as being legally sound the advice is both pragmatic and commercially focussed with an excellent response rate provided to our enquiries. All the HR Consultants in the team are approachable, professional and extremely capable in helping us work through the many diverse challenges we face to ensure that people are treated lawfully and fairly. The support ranges from day to day email and telephone advice to excellent consultancy service for more complex issues. We hope to be able to continue with this partnership well into the future and would have no hesitation in recommending the HR support that Workplace Law are able to provide to other businesses." Gill Baglin, Brewers
"We were very pleased with the way Workplace Law carried out our fire risk assessments in the College and hostels. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and produced a comprehensive set of risk assessments that met our requirements perfectly." Bob Smith, Magdalene College
"The proactive stance taken by Workplace Law CDM-C’s on our projects has created a positive attitude to problem solving between the design, delivery and client teams. In many cases our clients are introduced to the CDM regulations for the first time as ‘lay clients’ and need a high degree of hand holding to stay with the spirit and letter of the law. This could lead to costly delays in the works. This has proved not to be the case and all our key objectives are met." Mark Myers, The Harmsen Group
"On the whole I have attended many courses and undertaken a variety of qualifications over the years and this course has been by far the most valuable to me in terms of the knowledge, confidence and enhancement to my working capability and therefore fantastic value for money. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their operational HR skills or for managers having to deal with front line people matters." Jennifer Caswell, Great Yarmouth Port Company
"I really want to thank Workplace Law for the fantastic work you have done on our highly complex project. I know it was not easy to gather all the sensitive information from so many people. Myself and the MD have read the report and are both delighted with the clear and easy to understand way the whole report is laid out. The recommendations were spot on and it certainly helped clarify the issues. I am sure we will be calling on your services again." Thank you. Karen Todd, ACS International Schools

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