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Human Resources Office

Department of Engineering

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Sick Leave

Sickness Absence Policy

If employees find themselves unable to work due to ill health, including COVID-related illness, they should inform their line manager as soon as possible and follow the sickness absence reporting procedure as usual.

In accordance with the University’s Sickness Absence Policy, you should provide a GP fit note after 7 days of sickness. However, in the current circumstances, you might not be able to provide this straight away.  As soon as it is possible, you should provide the required documentation.

For COVID-related illness you will not be required to provide a GP fit note after 7 days of sickness. Please provide your line manager with your coronavirus test result as soon as this is available. 

Please continue to keep your line manager informed and regularly updated about your health. 

After their return to work from sickness absence of any length, all employees should use the CHRIS/62 form below to report the absence to the HR Office. The employee's line manager will also hold an informal return to work discussion with them, and forward the report to the HR Office along with the CHRIS/62 and any doctor's notes (if appropriate).

Guidance and advice should be sought from the HR Office for any specific concerns regarding the application of the policy, including further advice on managing sickness absence.

All queries regarding sick leave should be directed to the (Room BE0-08).

Sickness policy and forms: