How To: Manage Attendance and Absenteeism

Posted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 14 January 2021
Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd
Issues covered: Absence and Sickness; Employee Monitoring; Ill Health Absence; Absence Management


The recent decision from the WRC directing the public service to re-engage a craftsman following a lengthy absence from work whilst he lived in Spain, serves as a timely reminder as to ‘best practice’ when it comes to the management of attendance and absenteeism (ADJ-00024403).

This reminder surfaced shortly before FORSA – the largest trade union in the public service - accused employers of inappropriately enforcing attendance at work regulations. According to FORSA, employers are flouting official Government restrictions on workplace attendance under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. In the Covid climate, the subject of attendance and absenteeism is posing some new questions for

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This article is correct at 04/03/2021

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Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd

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