Genuine or falsified sickness.

Whilst, without proof, you can never be 100% certain that your employees are pulling a sickie, there are some clear indicators that they might well be an indication that employees are not totally genuine with their reasons. Let’s take a more lighthearted yet serious look at some examples and remember before taking any action you would need to investigate thoroughly any reason given as to why the employee is off work: - When your employee is consistently off sick on Thursdays after Champions League games on a Wednesday night; - Your employee phones in sick on a day you had previously declined as a holiday request because they wanted time off to take delivery of a new sofa; - Your employee is tagged in photographs on Facebook in a club the night before they call in sick with a ‘stomach bug’; - When your employee appears in the background of a live TV report on the day they are in bed full of a cold; - When your employee returns to work after a Friday and a Monday off sick with a mysteriously natural looking tan. As I mentioned you would need to seriously investigate the reasons why the employee was off sick, you should not presume that they are “pulling a sickie” unless you have clear evidence. If you are in any doubt then call the Peninsula Advice Service on 0844 892 2772.

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