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Sick leave abuse is on the rise! Use these four steps to curb it in your business

by , 07 November 2014
Sick leave abuse is an ever-growing problem that costs companies a lot of money. And it's more prevalent during this time of the year.

Last month, we reported that careerbuilder.com's survey found December is the most popular time of year for employees to call in sick.

The good news is you can curb sick leave abuse in your workplace if you have the know-how.

Use these four steps to curb it before it affects your profitability and productivity.


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Stop sick leave abuse in your workplace with these four steps

 
Step #1: Monitor your employees' sick leave carefully.
 
The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says you must ensure your employees complete sick leave forms every time they take sick leave. This will help you establish an employee's sick leave pattern.
 
Step #2 Keep an accurate and detailed record of each employee's absence due to ill-health or injury.
 
Make sure your records include:
 
  • The start and end dates of his three-year sick leave cycle;
  • A record of the total and a breakdown of the number of days' sick leave he's taken in each cycle; and
  • Information about if he presented medical certificates for each absence.
 
Step #3: Insist on a valid medical certificate if your employee is absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period.
 
Step #4 Establish a policy that states your employees must produce a medical certificate if they're off work on a Friday or Monday or on the work day immediately before or after a public holiday.
 
Make sure your employees are aware of this policy and the consequences of breaching it.
 
Bottom line: If your employees know you'll hold them accountable they won't abuse sick leave. So use these steps to stop sick leave abuse in your workplace.
 
PS: To discover three more steps you must take to curb sick leave abuse, check out The Ultimate Guide to Sick Leave.


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