Sickness absence policies – online

24 June 2021 10:00am–11:30am

Sickness absence policies affect workers across all the sectors UNISON represents. It’s important for our activists to learn how they operate and how we can tackle the increasing implementation of unfair sickness absence policies.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for activists who have some experience of dealing with sickness absence issues and who wish to understand the issues in more depth.

It can also be used by those activists with less experience but who are faced with an unfair sickness absence policy.

What will the course help me to do?

  • Identify common problems,
  • Identify ways to improve policies,
  • Be aware of the way stress impacts on sickness levels,
  • Practice attending a sickness monitoring interview,
  • Be aware of equality issues,
  • Put together an action plan for the branch.

When does the course run?

You will need to be available online from 10am to 11.30am on 24 June 2021.

Can I get time off to learn?

Yes, if you are in a recognised workplace the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the 1997 Safety Representative and Safety Committee Regulations give you the right to time off with pay to attend trade union courses. You must give your employer reasonable notice.

Guidance can be found in the ACAS Codes of Practice.

Can I get time off for online courses?

Yes. Online learning is not an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

If you are having difficulty accessing paid time off, please contact your local branch.

How much is the course?

There is a small charge of £10. Your branch will fund this cost and they will be invoiced once you have completed the course.

Sign me up!

Please register using the form below. Once your branch has confirmed that you need the training, we will get in touch to confirm your place.

If you have any questions please contact us here.

  • If you’re not sure what branch you’re in, please check UNISON’s branch finder.