Alternative to the Bradford Factor

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2013 National Disabled Members' Conference
4 July 2013

The Bradford Factor or Bradford Formula is used in human resource management as a means of measuring worker absenteeism. The formula’s theory is that short, frequent, and unplanned absences are more disruptive than longer absences.Therefore it is more detrimental to disabled employees, especially those who do not declare or identify as disabled or care for a disabled person, having regular short periods of absence due to medical conditions or attending medical appointments.

Created in the 1980’s, the formula is outmoded in light of current legislation, especially the Equality Act 2010. It is still frequently used by employers in both private and public sectors to target employees under their capability and sickness absence policies.

Conference calls upon the National Disabled Members Committee to:

1)work in partnership with other trade unions and relevant organisations into researching an alternative formula, which is non-discriminatory towards disabled employees

2)report on progress to National Disabled Members Conference 2014.