COVID-19 live Q&A | Managing sickness and absence within your workforce

10 December 2020 | 14:00 - 14:45

With the risk of infection still very much present across the UK, and government restrictions still being firmly enforced, we are likely to experience ongoing challenges around absenteeism for some time to come. However, employers can prepare for the obstacles ahead by seeking to gain a broader understanding of employment law and best practice.

As a consequence of the government’s changes to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Regulations earlier this year, many employers are seeking clarity so they can create consistent procedures and implement effective internal communications to help minimise the effect on the wider workforce.

During this 45-minute session, we will attempt to offer clarity and guidance around managing sickness and absence within your workforce.

Hosted by our Employment Law Director, James Tamm, this virtual session will give you the knowledge and confidence to deal with these tricky scenarios efficiently and compliantly and will cover:

  • COVID-19 and short-term absenteeism;
  • The rules around self-isolation and sick pay;
  • What absence procedures employers should be taking;
  • Managing employees’ return to work;
  • The problems caused by shielding employees;
  • Disability discrimination and how to avoid it; and
  • Medical capability, sickness and unfair dismissal claims.


Register for this free session now using the form opposite.

Got a question for James?

If you have any questions, please submit them using the form opposite. James will endeavour to answer as many as possible during the session.

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Coronavirus Advice Hub

Throughout the pandemic, our Employment Law and Health & Safety specialists have continued to produce free, practical guidance and templates for employers. 

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“We are delighted with the service and support from Ellis Whittam. Professional and timely responses with concise and informative guidance to help us make employee decisions in the best interests of the business. We now consider the team at Ellis Whittam an extension of our HR service and Business Support Team. Having Ellis Whittam on board gives us the confidence to navigate the employment and HR challenges we need to overcome.”

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