Long Term Sick Leave

Often employers are left with the decision of whether they can dismiss an employee who has been on long-term sick leave. This can only be done after the employee has exhausted their entitlement to sick pay through the payroll system and is showing no sign that they will be fit enough to return to work.

An employer is perfectly within their rights to do this, provided that they follow the correct procedure.   There must be no issue of discrimination.

Long Term Sick Leave

Entitlement To Notice

Many employers think that, if an employee has finished their entitlement to sick pay, they have no entitlement to be paid for their notice period if they are dismissed on the grounds of ill health. This is not correct.

Every employee is entitled to receive statutory minimum notice which should be calculated at one week for each completed year of service.

An employee may have an enhanced notice period under their employment contract. This can increase the amount due.

A contracted notice period may be cancelled if the employee has worked for a longer time with a company and his statutory notice period is greater than the contracted notice period.

There are other provisions in The Employment Rights Act of 1996 regarding contractual notice periods and statutory requirements.   Employers should make sure that their contracts of employment are current with existing legislation.

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For more information about sick leave please consult the HMRC webpage.