Managing Absence

Can employees take sick days as holidays?

In most circumstances, yes they can. But depending on the context, that might not be a great idea.  You might know this situation. You’re expecting…

Michael Metcalf

What are the different types of absence in an office?

You might be surprised about how many different types of workplace absence there are. In our other guides, we've mentioned the fact that there's not many universal agreements for things like maternity and paternity leave - as many policies are decided by companies themselves.…

Michael Metcalf

What sick pay entitlements do part-time employees have?

In the UK, part-time workers are protected from being unfavourably treated in comparison to full-time workers.  Importantly, part-time employees are eligible for sick pay. Read on…

Michael Metcalf

Can you share parental leave?

Yes - parental leave can be shared. But there are certain conditions that need to be met for eligibility, which we'll cover below.Shared parental leave…

Michael Metcalf

A Guide to Paternity Leave in the UK

It can be one of the most important times in a man’s life: spending time with a newborn. Having some time away from work is…

Michael Metcalf

Bradford Factor Alternatives for absence management

In the previous blog, we talked about what the Bradford Factor is, and whether or not it's a fair method of absence management (our conclusion: it's…

Michael Metcalf

What is the Bradford Factor? And is it really fair?

No, it’s not a West Yorkshire-based TV talent show. You’ll hear about the Bradford Factor in many HR discussions related to staff absence, but…

Michael Metcalf

Holiday Allowance - can it be carried over to the following year?

As we approach the end of the calendar year many of us will finalising our holiday plans and looking to see how much allowance we have…

Gary Bury

What counts as compassionate leave?

It's the sort of absence you hope never to take - compassionate leave. But such is the nature of life, we might all have to take…

Michael Metcalf