In addition to the list of legislation given at the end of these Q&As, the Acas Code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures is of crucial importance to absence management. For details of the way in which the Code and well-drafted disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures may be used to assist employers in certain cases of absence management, see our Discipline and grievance procedures Q&As.

These Q&As address the legalities of handling unauthorised absence, short and long-term leave, seeking medical evidence and the potential repercussions of implementing disciplinary procedures and dismissing employees who are on long-term absence.

Explore our related content