Absence management policy

What's an absence management policy, and when do you need it?

You should have one of these policies in place for your employees. When employees are absent from work due to sickness, this policy covers how they must report their sickness absence. It also sets out what pay they may be entitled to, during any sickness absence.

While the majority of this policy covers sickness absence, you’ll also find here details relating to absences from work for other reasons, such as jury service and family-related absences.

The policy applies to all employees and workers. It does not apply to self-employed contractors.

Our experts recommend that you do not give this policy contractual status in any employment contract that you put in place, but that you do reference it in that contract, make clear that the employee is expected to comply with the policy and that you have the right to update or revise it, in your discretion and when you want to.

This template includes all the statutory requirements, as well as optional elements for you to consider.