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Pulling a sickie

28th July, 2014

A recent survey by an accountancy firm has found that the reasons for employees pulling a “sickie” include hangovers, sporting events, extended weekends and even ant attacks.

Media attention has surrounded the topic of “sickies” lately, reporting up to a £9bn loss to businesses. One of the suggestions highlighted in the current survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to mitigate the huge financial loss to the economy is the idea that employers could offer “duvet days”!

It has also been anticipated that recent changes to legislation on flexible working will help to reduce the sick bill. On 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous employment (i.e. it is no longer limited to parents of children under 17, or 18 if disabled and certain carers). With employees being entitled to make one written request in any 12-month period and obligation on the employer to deal with the request within three months, it remains to be seen whether flexible working could have a positive impact on the rates of sickness absence in the workplace.

For further information and advice in relation to sickness absence, please contact Claire Brook on 01244 405575 or send an email to [email protected].

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