This chapter looks at what practical actions you can take if members of staff have unplanned absences. It also looks at the legal aspects of unplanned absence which, as a manager, you will need to be aware of and comply with.

A member of your team is unexpectedly absent

Imagine that you have a team member who is unexpectedly absent. This is an unauthorised absence1 and the employee is not already self certified as sick, nor do they have a Fit Note2.

By law, in the UK employees are entitled to 28 days’ holiday. This includes provision for the eight permanent bank and public holidays in the UK. However, employees have no statutory right to take their holidays on public holidays. This again is dependent ...

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