Can an employer contact an employee off on long-term sick leave?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 October 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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It is important for employers to maintain appropriate levels of contact with an employee who is off on sick leave. However, the amount of contact will depend, amongst other things, on the employee’s role and the size of the employer’s business. An employer needs to try and strike the correct balance between offering the employee support and showing concern and also giving the employee space so that they do not feel pressurised to return to work.

LRA guidance on sickness absence recommends that employers should keep in regular contact with employees who are off on long-term sick leave. The rationale for regular contact is to enable the employer to obtain updates on the employee’s progress

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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