LABOUR AT WORK // Specialist Employment and Labour Law Consultancy for the Public Sector
Labour at Work Specialist Employment Labour Law Cnsultants

Absenteeism and abuse of sick leave

Target group:
Employees, supervisors and line managers

Desired outcomes:

  • To provide all employees with sound knowledge of what constitute authorised absenteeism and when absenteeism will be unauthorised;
  • To equip supervisors and line managers to manage unauthorised absenteeism in a speedy and fair manner


  • Define authorised absenteeism
  • Define unauthorised absenteeism
  • Absenteeism and abscondment
  • Differentiate between valid reasons for absenteeism (sickness) from un-communicated absenteeism
  • Communication of inability to report for duty
  • Corrective action and a fair procedure to deal with absenteeism
  • How to identify sick leave abuse
  • Counselling an employee for sick leave abuse
  • Submitting medical certificates
  • Instructing an employee to visit a medical practitioner of the employee’s choice
  • When is dismissal fair and justified?
  • Leave without pay
  • Code of Good Practice:  Dismissal
  • Applicable collective agreements

Training methodology:

  • Presentations
  • Case studies

Course duration: 1 day