A. On reaching a trigger point line managers must consider all the facts available and be aware of the circumstances of the particular employee’s situation. If an employee reaches the trigger of more than 8 days of short term sickness absence in a rolling 12 month period and their attendance gives management cause for concern this can be addressed at the RTWD and formal absence review meeting in accordance with the process for frequent sickness absence.
A. The RTWD should be a one to one discussion between the employee and line manager. However, in accordance with the Attendance Management Policy and Procedure an employee is entitled to be accompanied at the RTWD by a trade union/professional organisation representative, colleague, friend or family member. In such circumstances, the line manager can ask to be accompanied by another manager/ depute. An HR representative will not routinely be in attendance at any Return to Work Discussion.