Taking a leave of absence

Taking time off work can be difficult and stressful. By understanding the sickness policy your employer has in place (if applicable), how to manage your condition well and where to turn to for help and support, you can overcome the barriers stopping you from returning to work.

  • Your rights when off work

    Knowing what protected rights you have as an employee can help you if you need to take time off work because of your health. Statutory rights Statutory rights are legal…

  • Sick pay

    If you’re off work because of ill health or an injury, it’s important to know what sick pay you are entitled to, and for how long. What is sick pay?…

  • The fit note

    Introduced in April 2010 to replace the sick note, the fit note gives evidence of your fitness to work. You only require a fit note if you are absent from…

  • Keeping in contact with work

    Talking openly and honestly to your employer about your health is just as important when you’re off work as it is when you’re at work. Your employer needs to understand…

  • Causes of absence

    There can be many causes of workplace absence. Some people struggle with long term health problems, while others find it difficult to balance their work and care commitments. Understanding how…