UK employers have been warned that employees may take unwarranted sickness absences during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
An extra bank holiday has been added to the calendar on Tuesday 5 June, in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. However, employees do not have the automatic right to take the day off and, in many cases, it will be up to employers to decide whether or not to grant staff the day off.
According to an article on the Personnel Today website, if employers do expect their staff to come into work on June 5th, they may experience a number of unauthorised staff absences, as a result of employees deciding to take the day off anyway by calling in sick when they are not really ill.
Employers have been encouraged to deter staff from taking unwarranted sickness absences during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, by making it clear that employees who call in sick may be subject to disciplinary action unless they can prove that their sickness was genuine.
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