Key Employment Law Data

Dealing with long-term sickness absence

  • First of all, check the employee’s contract of employment to see what they should be paid during sickness absence and what the company’s sickness absence reporting procedure says.
  • You must automatically carry over the four weeks’ minimum statutory annual leave afforded to workers that was originally derived from EU law, and is now contained in the Working Time Regulations 1998, if they can’t take it due to long-term sickness. However, the additional 1.6 weeks they receive under those regulations entirely as a matter of UK law (to make up the overall 5.6 weeks total), don’t carry over unless you’ve expressly agreed to it. Make this clear in your hol...