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Absences & Pay

As the Covid-19 situation progresses, employers will continue to have to deal with queries around how to deal with sickness and absence at work.

Organisations may find themselves dealing with absences for a variety of reasons and will need to manage these in line with employees’ legal rights as well as current government guidance on self-isolation and quarantine.

We have produced guides to summarise the legal rights to pay and suggested best practice for different types of absence:

  1. Coronavirus: absences from work and entitlement to pay

  2. Sickness and sick pay – FAQs for employers

  3. See also: Coronavirus – FAQs on staffing decisions when reopening workplaces 

Please contact us if you have any questions on your obligations as an employer or require any support in relation to Covid-19.

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