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Reasons for Absence

Reasons for Absence

This is not an exhaustive table and some reasons for absence (*) have legal requirements.


 Sickness & HealthTimekeeping & 
Unauthorised 
Absence
Working Time / HolidaysFlexible Working
& Family Leave
Statutory 
Time Off
Education,
Training & 
Employment
Other 
Short-Term Sickness Absence (Less than 1 week)LatenessBreaks*Annualised HoursJury Service*Educational LeaveBereavement (Attending and/or organising Funerals)
Medium-Term Sickness Absence* (1-4 weeks)Punctuality Daily Rest Periods* Compressed Hours Time Off for Public Duties*  Studies for Examinations or TestsReligious Festivals 
Long-Term Sickness Absence*
(4 weeks or more) 
Taking Excessive Breaks Weekly Rest Periods* Staggered Hours Magistrates or Justices of the Peace ("JPs") *Graduation Ceremonies / Awards Presentation Weddings /
Civil Partnership Ceremonies 
Medical Appointments (GP, Dental or Hospital)Smoking Breaks Maximum Working Hours per week* Term-Time Working Local Councillors*Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Home Emergencies ("Acute Domestic Distress" i.e Burglary; Fire; Flood) 
Accidents, Industrial Injuries or Diseases* Absence
Without Leave "AWOL" 
Driving Hours & Rest* "Flexi-Time" Members of a Police Authority*Course Attendance (Internal or external)Compassionate Leave
Physiotherapy "Skiving" Night Working Limits* Jobsharing Members of any Statutory Tribunal * (e,g. Employment) Seminars & Workshops (Attendance and preparation) Special Leave  
Counselling  Shift Work* Homeworking Members of the managing or governing body of an educational establishment*Conferences Court Attendance 
Other Therapies  On-Call Arrangements* Part-Time Members of a school council or board in Scotland*Webinars Sporting Activities 
  Young Workers Restrictions*Right to request Flexible Working Members of the General Teaching Councils for England and Wales Time to undertake study or training for
 16 - 17 year olds 
Travel Disruption / Delays 
  Employment of Children* Ordinary Maternity Leave* Member of the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency*Time to undertake study or training
"Time To Train"
(Large Employers with 250 employees or more)
Severe Weather Problems 
  Local Bye-Laws*  Compulsory Maternity Leave*Members of the Prison Independent Monitoring Boards (England and Wales)*Interviews Military Duties 
  Statutory Paid Holidays*  Additional Maternity Leave* Members of the Prison Visiting Committees (Scotland)*Tests Reservist Activities
(i.e TA) 
  Contractual Annual Leave Ante-Natal Appointments/Classes*Members of Scottish Water or a Water Customer Consultation Panel*Assessment Centres Civil Emergencies 
  Public or Bank Holidays Medical Suspension* Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities* 
(Officials / Members of Independent Recognised Trade Unions)
Time Off for Job Hunting and to arrange Training when facing Redundancy*Retained Fire Fighters 
  Company Shutdowns
(i.e. "Wakes Week"; "Glasgow Fair" or "Fortnight"
Rest Periods for Pregnant Workers* Time Off for Union Learning Representatives (ULRs)
(including Union Members of a Recognised Bargaining Unit to consult ULR)
Strikes* Special Constables 
   Breastfeeding* Time Off to Accompany a Worker at a Grievance or Disciplinary Hearing* Picketing* Lifeboat Crew Members 
   Paternity Leave
(or "Maternity
Support Leave")
Time Off to Accompany a Worker at a Request for Flexible Working Hearing* Other forms of Industrial Action* Coastguard Rescue Officers 
   Additional
Paternity Leave* 
Time Off for Safety Representatives*Lay-Offs* Mountain Rescue 
   Parental Leave* Time Off for European Works Councils (EWCs)
(including Special Negotiating Bodies (SNBs))* 
Short-Time Working
(i.e 3 day week) 
 
   Adoption Leave* Time Off for Occupational Pension Scheme Trustees & Directors of Trustee Companies*Workplace Closure (i.e Health & Safety Prohibition; Other emergency)  
   Additional Adoption Leave (or "Adoption Support Leave") Major Emergencies (Pandemics; hazards to public health; noxious pollution)  
   Time Off for Dependants*    
   Emergency Leave
 (or "Force Majeure") 
   
   Carer's Leave    
       


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