Its a fact of life that people get sick and will need time off from work. Any organisation worth its salt will build a contingency for absence into its day-to-day operation and have policies in place to make sure absences are managed properly. And yet this is still an area where companies and their staff often come into conflict. But if you follow a few basic guidelines that need not be the case.
When is being at work not being at work? Sounds like a daft question doesn’t it? But a recent Court of Appeal ruling has thrown the issue up in the air and made life a lot more uncertain for a huge number of workers. The case revolved around the rights of care workers who have to spend the night at their client’s homes, sleeping in so that they are on hand in the event of an emergency.