Managing sickness absence where there is no underlying medical condition

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This page looks at how to manage frequent sickness absence where there is no underlying medical condition causing the absence or making the employee more susceptible to sickness. This kind of absence is often simply called 'poor attendance'. It will sometimes be difficult to know whether the employee has an underlying medical condition. If you are in doubt, read the advice on this page about when to get a medical report.

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