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Our All New 5 Step Guide to Reducing Sickness Absence in the Workplace and Preventing Discrimination Claims

Managing sickness absence is a pivotal part of the successful running of your business. Letting sickness absence get out of control can mean that be business is not as productive, or efficient, as it could be. However, mismanagement of sickness absence can lead to a disability discrimination claim which could cost your business thousands of pounds.

Sickness absence rates have a high cost for businesses. Last year there was 70 million days off for stress and anxiety in the UK, which is estimated to have cost businesses between £70 to £100 billion.

Stress is a big contributor to a high staff turnover. MHFA England estimate that 31% of staff confirmed that if the stress level didn’t improve within the next 12 months, they would leave their current position. The cost of recruiting new staff combined with a high turnover rate can cost the business thousands of pounds.

Most importantly, if handled incorrectly, an employee may make a discrimination claim. Protection from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 can even arise before employment commences, so whenever your business has a disabled applicant, it is necessary to seek legal advice on how to proceed. In addition, compensation for disability discrimination is uncapped, meaning that it could be substantial and threaten the continuity of your business.

To help businesses, like yourself, reduce sickness absence and prevent discrimination claims when dealing with it, we have developed a 5 Step Guide. So, to learn more about how to effectively and safely reduce sickness absence download my 5 Step Guide here.

SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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