What to do when an employee goes off sick
In many ways, an employee going off sick is worse than an employee quitting their job, or being fired. With an employee that is off sick you will usually need to pay for their sick leave. You will also need to pay another employee to do their job, or hire someone temporarily. On top of this, you cannot hire another person permanently. This can leave you and your company in an almost permanent state of flux for the time being. If an employee does go off sick, here are a few things you can do to keep your company running well.
- See if anyone else can perform their tasks. If this employee is working in a position which other staff members are trained to do, get everyone to pull together to make sure their job is done for a short time. It is not a good idea to ask one staff member to take on the whole job, as this can lead to stress and further illness. However, you can spread tasks amongst all employees.
- Hire a temporary staff member. You may be able to hire someone via an agency who can come in and complete the job until the staff member has returned. However, you should be aware that you will need to pay them a proper wage.
- Talk about your staff member working from home. If any part of this employee’s job can be done at home, you can always ask them to stay on but to work from home whilst they are recovering. This means that you don’t need to pay anyone else, and also that you know the job is being done correctly.
- Find a new position for them. It may be that you can’t continue to pay this staff member and someone else to do the job. If so, you should think about whether or not your employee can perform another job whilst they are on sick leave, so that you aren’t paying two people for one job.
How to make an accident at work claim in Hamilton if you have been injured
If it is you that has been injured in the course of your job, you may be able to make an accident at work claim in Hamilton against your employer. You should be able to prove that your accident was their fault. The best way to prove fault in an accident, and make an accident at work claim in Hamilton which has a better chance of being successful, is to use an experienced personal injury lawyer. They know the law better than you and will be able to put together a strong case for compensation.
You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about making an accident at work claim in Hamilton. You’ll get help to decide whether this is the appropriate course of action for yourself.
Date Published: 26th August 2014