Controlling absenteeism is one of the perennial challenges facing employers. With an ever-expanding duty to accommodate and the advent of “personal emergency” and other statutorily-governed leaves of absence, the restrictions placed on an employer’s ability to monitor and manage employee absences are both significant and complex.
Our professional advisors continually monitor developments in the field of attendance management and regularly advise on questions relating to the efficacy of using doctors' notes, accommodation, frustration of contract, discontinuance of benefits during long-term disability absences, and other issues.
We can assist in developing policies, procedures and individually-tailored strategies for managing absenteeism, while remaining on the right side of the myriad legal requirements that constrain management in administering leaves of absence and returning employees to work. We can show you how to communicate with employees and health care practitioners to promote attendance and limit the abuse of leave policies.