Employee disputes over absenteeism

How DAS Law can help

When an employee is absent from work there is often a legitimate reason for their absence. But when an employee’s absence becomes a regular occurrence, your business could suffer. 

Our highly experienced team of over 20 employment lawyers can provide you with practical legal advice and representation if you have a dispute over absenteeism.  

These are some of the outcomes we can achieve for you

  • Advise on the options you can pursue to resolve the dispute.
  • Advise on settlement discussions with a view of reaching an agreement for your employee to exit your business.
  • Representation and guidance should the employee take the dispute to an Employment Tribunal.
  • Review and advise upon any training needs or workplace policy changes.
  • Here are some important things you should be aware of if you have a dispute over absenteeism:

    • Our lawyers are highly experienced in handling many types of disputes with employees including, but not limited to: absence, discrimination, remuneration, performance and flexible working.
    • The first step of handling a dispute over absence is to informally discuss the issue with your employee and to clearly make them aware of the facts and make sure you understand the reasons for the absenteeism.
    • If your employee is not satisfied with the end result of the process, they may decide to bring their case to an employment tribunal.
    • Often there are limited grounds for an employer to recover costs in the Employment Tribunal.

    How much will it cost?

    If you would like DAS Law to help you manage a dispute relating to an employee’s absenteeism, there are a number of ways of funding your legal costs, including: 

    Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI)

    If you have a commercial insurance policy which includes Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) cover, your legal costs may be covered by your policy (subject to the terms and conditions of the policy). If you are unsure if your insurance policy includes LEI cover, we will check this with you.

    No Legal Expenses Insurance

    If you do not have this cover, we offer fixed fees and discounted hourly rates. Our employment law specialists will be happy to explain these options to you.

    Commercial LEI

    What to do next

    If you would like to speak to an employment expert about employee absenteeism, please contact us by calling 0345 604 7298, or email enquiries@daslaw.co.uk.

    Allison Whiston

    Head of Employment and Commercial, Solicitor (on maternity leave)

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    Principal Associate (Acting), Solicitor

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    Senior Associate, FCILEX

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    If an employee has a regular pattern of absenteeism, your business. Our pragmatic advice will help you deal with the issues in a way that minimises disruption to your business

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