Managing Long Term Absence

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 10 December 2013
Jennifer Cashman
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Managing absence issues is difficult and cumbersome. In this email, we will take a closer look at how to manage long term absence correctly and use the case of Donaldson v Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Limited as an example of what not to do in terms of long term absence management.

The Facts

In the instant case, the employee, Ms. Donaldson was dismissed because of her long-term absence due to illness and Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Limited (“M&S”) failed to provide her with reasonable accommodation in relation to her illness.

The employee suffered from Benign Intracranial Hypertension which is a neurological disorder. The employee underwent an operation in May 2009 and was on certified

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