Leave and Absence

What is the Bradford Factor?

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is designed to flag up a pattern of problematic absence by scoring employee’s absence based on both the length and frequency of absence. The research behind the system (conducted in 1980 by The Bradford University School of Management – hence...

How to manage staff holidays

How to manage staff holidays

How do you manage multiple holiday requests fairly when everyone wants annual leave at the same time? This is just one of the hundreds of questions we get around staff holidays every day. What about if you really don’t want people booking holiday around Christmas? Or...

Managing annual leave: A guide for employers

Managing annual leave: A guide for employers

Holidays should be relaxing. Unless, of course, you're the person managing all the annual leave requests from employees!  Calculating entitlements for different workers and ensuring everyone receives the statutory minimum paid leave can feel like an administrative...

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

When you have an employee off on long term sick leave, you may end up at some point having to decide whether you can continue to hold their job open. You’ll need to balance giving the individual enough time to recover from their illness or injury with the need to...

Long-term sickness absence

Long-term sickness absence

Long-term sickness absence is usually defined as a period of continuous absence of more than four weeks. The absence may be due to: an unexpected illness a chronic condition an accident or planned operation As an employer, you must take care to manage the situation...

Why use employee attendance software?

Why use employee attendance software?

Employee attendance tracking is a priority for many employers, because the benefits are numerous. Not only does it make it easier to schedule annual leave and identify any attendance issues, but it also improves staff morale when everyone is paid correctly for the...

What is parental leave?

What is parental leave?

The definition of parental leave in the UK is when an employee takes time off work to look after their children’s welfare. This could involve organising childcare arrangements, looking at new schools or just spending time with their children. Parental leave shouldn’t...

Holiday entitlement during notice period

Holiday entitlement during notice period

When an employee is dismissed or decides to resign from your business, it usually creates a list of things to consider. You may need to start the recruitment process to hire a replacement, or hold an exit interview. You’ll also need to consider any remaining holiday...

How to manage annual leave requests over Christmas

How to manage annual leave requests over Christmas

Annual leave should be something to look forward to. It’s a chance for your employees to take a well-earned rest, spend time with family, go travelling and come back energised and full of fresh ideas. However, if you’re the person responsible for managing your...

How to manage staff holidays

How to manage staff holidays

How do you manage multiple holiday requests fairly when everyone wants annual leave at the same time? This is just one of the hundreds of questions we get around staff holidays every day. What about if you really don’t want people booking holiday around Christmas? Or...

Phased return to work after sickness

Phased return to work after sickness

When an employee has been off work with long-term sickness it's sometimes beneficial for them to make a gradual, phased return to work instead of jumping straight back in with their full contractual hours and duties. A phased return to work might involve: a shorter...

Get the best out of return to work interviews

Get the best out of return to work interviews

The return to work interview is one of those meetings that's all too tempting to skip over. Chances are you’re more stretched than usual as a result of your employee's absence and you're keen for them to get stuck back into their work. Back to work interviews can...

What is TOIL and how does it work?

What is TOIL and how does it work?

Time off in lieu, or TOIL, is when an employee works pre-approved overtime and receives compensatory time off for the same amount. For example, if an individual works an extra two hours one day with their manager’s approval, they can then “bank” those two hours to...

What to do when an employee is undergoing IVF

What to do when an employee is undergoing IVF

With an increasing number of women choosing to have children later in life, the number of people turning to IVF treatment is on the rise. For employers, this presents some challenges. Not only is IVF treatment a topic an employee is likely to feel uneasy discussing...

Time off for dependants

Time off for dependants

All employees have a legal right to a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with emergency situations affecting their dependants. This is typically known as 'time off for dependants' or 'dependant leave'. But what is a ‘reasonable amount’ of time? And what...

When does paternity leave start?

When does paternity leave start?

Paternity Leave - unlike Shared Parental leave, which can be taken in blocks - must be taken in one go. The maximum leave available is two consecutive weeks, but some employees opt to only take one week. So far, so simple. Where the most confusion occurs is around...

What is Shared Parental Leave?

What is Shared Parental Leave?

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is an entitlement of up to 50 weeks of leave that can be shared between two parents in place of Maternity Leave. If you’re not familiar with Shared Parental Leave, you’re definitely not alone! Despite the government’s ‘Share the Joy’...

Employee off sick after annual leave refused

Employee off sick after annual leave refused

It’s a tricky one; you’ve refused annual leave for an employee, and when the requested day arrives, they call in sick. Of course, they could genuinely be ill, but you’re suspicious. What can you do? Take great care when addressing this with your employee, as you don’t...

Bank holiday entitlement for part time workers

Bank holiday entitlement for part time workers

Take one part-time employee who always works on Monday, and another who never does. Does only the Monday worker benefit from paid leave for the bank holiday Mondays? In short, no. Employees should be treated equally, and this includes bank holiday entitlement too....

What to include in an annual leave policy

What to include in an annual leave policy

A robust, legally compliant annual leave policy, setting out how your business manages requests for annual leave, is something all organisations should have. A good policy will let your employees know everything they need to do and can expect around requesting annual...

Unauthorised absence: How to manage it

Unauthorised absence: How to manage it

It's 10am and you’ve still not seen or heard anything from your employee. What should you do? Your initial response will likely be one of concern, and you’ll be eager to check in with them to make sure they’re okay. But what if you still can’t get hold of them? What...