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The Employer's Handbook 2014-15, 10th Edition by Barry Cushway

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06

Dealing with Absence

The absence of staff from work causes obvious problems of productivity, especially when such absences are unplanned. The smaller the company, the greater the effect. Reducing unplanned absence should therefore be a priority of any company.

Planned absences

Many absences are legitimate contractual and legal entitlements. These include:

  • annual holidays;
  • public holidays;
  • attendance on training courses;
  • maternity and paternity leave;
  • parental leave;
  • adoption leave;
  • time off to care for dependants;
  • time off for jury service;
  • time off for public duties;
  • time off for trade union duties and activities;
  • reservist training;
  • attendance at health and safety committees or works councils;
  • bereavement or compassionate leave;
  • layoffs ...

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