Removal of Intolerant Sickness Absence Sanctions

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Police Staff Conference 2004
1 March 2004

Conference condemns the introduction of intolerant and mandatory sickness absence sanctions such as the Bradford Score, when used as part of managing attendance policies.

The Bradford Score can be set at any trigger point, whereby after a number of days off or a number of spells of absence a management action occurs.

This crude approach could result in punitive sanctions being applied to employees whose attendance record is otherwise perfectly normal and, if rigidly applied, will fail to take account of the person who has had an exemplary record for ten years and then has a longer spell of sickness.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to:

1)resist the introductions of these procedures;

2)survey branches about the use of sickness absence sanctions in their force;

3)provide advice guidance and support to branches.