During the first 7 days of sickness absence, the employee is able to self-certify their sickness, thereafter they must provide a fit note which should give you an indication as to how long they will be off work due to their sickness and also the reason for being off sick.
Some of the options you have available to you are: –
- Contact the employee and ask how they are feeling and if there is anything you as an employer can do in order to assist them to return to work
- If the employee’s illness is related to a disability, you may need to make reasonable adjustments within the workplace to assist their return
- You can request the employee provides a sick note (if not already provided) otherwise it is classed as unauthorised absence and can lead to being absent without leave