Staff sickness may be a considerable burden on a business, leading to additional staffing costs and increasing the workload for other workers. While all employers would want to support members of staff who are unwell, sickness absence must be managed otherwise it can cause problems in the workplace.

See Factsheet: dealing with sickness

The law in relation to age discrimination was introduced in 2006 and is now covered by the Equality Act 2010. All employees and workers are covered, as well as those accessing vocational training, including job applicants and people who have left their job (and, for example, have not received a reference).

See Factsheet: age discrimination

The law recognises the right of an individual worker to be treated equally with others regardless of personal characteristics that should be irrelevant in decision-making, such as sex or race. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’. This area of law is about trying to prevent employers making choices that are detrimental to someone at work for reasons that are unlawful.

See Factsheet: unlawful discrimination

It is very important for employers to ensure that they follow a good procedure in disciplining and dismissing employees. If a good procedure is not followed, a dismissal is likely to be unfair, no matter how good the employer’s reason for terminating the employment.

See Factsheet: disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures

Computer use in the workplace has changed considerably over the last few years. The line between ‘use for business’ and ‘personal use’ can become blurred. This specimen computer use policy covers a wide range of issues, including downloading software, use of email and social media, and monitoring

Download: Specimen computer use policy


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