New provisions for Disability Leave & Disability Related Sickness Absence

Message from Jaspal Kaur, Director of Human Resources.

The University is committed to ensuring reasonable measures are taken to remove any identified disadvantage for disabled employees and to support and retain disabled employees in employment.

I am pleased to confirm the University will be making provision for Disability Leave and Disability Related Sickness Absence, which will be included within the University’s current Sickness Absence Management Policy. This will take effect from 1 April 2017.

Disability Leave

This is a new provision of leave, which enables a disabled person to be absent from work for ‘rehabilitation, assessment or treatment’ for a fixed period(s) of time known in advance. Colleagues intending to request Disability Leave should discuss this with their relevant manager and complete a Disability Leave form. Full details of this provision can be found in the revised Sickness Absence Management Policy.

Disability Related Sickness Absence

The University recognises that some disabled employees’ impairments may result in some sickness absence. The University will be recording any disability related sickness absence within HR systems via the sickness absence notification process. This will assist us in ensuring staff are not disadvantaged with respect to HR policies. Full information is contained within the updated Sickness Absence Management Policy, available on the HR web site.

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise you that employees can update their status by completing an Equality Data Monitoring form. This information will be treated and stored confidentiality as sensitive personal data.

If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Dalton, HR Project Manager (tel ext: 68539) or the HR Employment Relations Team.

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