Absences are common, but when days turn to weeks what should an employer do?
Long term absences from a workplace are not uncommon. We can all likely think of a time when a colleague has been missing for a protracted period of time; a dried up, neglected pot plant forlornly left behind on their desk, perhaps with a coffee cup that should have been washed up weeks ago. We may ourselves have been away from the office for an extended period too. And this situation of course happened even before the additional complication of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extra absences it has generated as workers try to cope with a so-called ‘new normal’.