Changes to sick day rules are “pragmatic”

Officials are considering the move as a way of dealing with the pandemic.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development says bosses shouldn’t be concerned by these emergency plans that would have a sunset clause and would only remain law for six months unless it was agreed that they needed to be extended.

Ben Willlmott, CIPD senior public policy adviser, says: “The proposal to change the self-certification rules in the event of a serious flu pandemic is a pragmatic and temporary measure to reduce the burden on healthcare professionals and help prevent the spread of infection.

“Employers that manage absence and performance effectively and consistently have nothing to fear. The vast majority of absence is genuine and only a very small proportion of employees will seek to use this change in the self-certification rules to ‘pull a sickie’.”

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