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FAQs - sickness absence

Last year more practices called the Croner employment helpline for advice about managing sickness and absence than any other topic. Here are the most frequently asked questions...

Sickness absence during a capability procedure

Managing Absence

  • An employee has a fit note/medical certificate and has been off for an extended period of time; can I do anything about this?

Holidays while on long-term sick leave

  • A member of our staff who is on long-term sick leave is planning to go away on holiday. Is this acceptable and, if not, what steps should we take?

Sickness absence and the new Fit-for-Work scheme

  • I understand that, in future, a GP may be able to refer an employee to the Government’s Fit-for-Work service for a health assessment and development of a Return to Work Plan if he or she takes sick leave. Are employers obliged to abide by such a plan?

F​ind out more

Croner is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and support in the areas of employment law and health and safety. Their qualified specialists have the experience to fully understand the issues and concerns you face working in general practice.

24-​hour advice

All Practice Xtra members can benefit from free access to the Croner helpline, for legal advice and support with matters including sickness and absence, holiday, pay and employee rights. Whatever you need to know they will provide you with information you can trust, whenever you need it

Time-saving resources

Gold Practice Xtra members can benefit from free access to the Croner-i Professional Practice Manager website. It’s a resource for everyday management, with a range of templates you can download and customise for your practice. The absence and leave library includes model policies, ‘how to’ guides, sample letters and forms and factsheets for employers and employees.

Contact Medical Protection member services on 0800 952 0441 for more information about using Croner services or becoming a Practice Xtra member.

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