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Myth 10 - Long Term Sickness

Myth:

Employees on long-term sick leave should be left well alone.

Fact:

Although employers should not put undue pressure on employees who are on long-term sick leave, they are entitled to find out more information about the illness.

This would include consultation with the employee and, with permission, writing to the employee's GP (and any specialist) to find out about the employee's condition, the prognosis and whether there is anything the employer can do to help facilitate their return (such as reduced hours).

In addition, the employer might want to invite the employee to be examined by an independent specialist.

Employers should not make any decision about dismissal until they have explored the situation fully.