Dealing with an employee on long-term sick leave can be a challenging situation for any business. Balancing compassion with the needs of the team and customers is crucial. At The Absolute Works, we understand the complexities involved in such cases, and we’re here to guide you through the process.

Understanding the Situation

After months of extended sick leave, numerous absence review meetings, and extensive exploration of reasonable adjustments, it may become evident that the employee is no longer able to perform their role effectively. At this juncture, considering dismissal on grounds of ill health becomes a necessary step.

Following Fair Procedure

Employers must adhere to a fair procedure when navigating such a delicate situation. This involves inviting the employee to a meeting, clearly communicating the potential outcome, and engaging in a comprehensive discussion. It’s important to address the impact on the business, outline the adjustments that have been considered, and provide details of the medical advice received.

Listening to the Employee’s Perspective

Allow the employee to share their viewpoint during the meeting. This demonstrates fairness and ensures that all relevant information is taken into account. It’s advisable to document the conversation for future reference.

Making a Thoughtful Decision

Following the meeting, take some time to consider the information presented before reaching a decision. Once the decision is made, inform the employee promptly, ensuring transparency and sensitivity.

Adhering to Company Policy

Throughout this process, it’s imperative to align with the policies outlined in your employee handbook. This ensures that all actions are consistent with established company procedures. Additionally, remember to provide the employee with their contractual notice period and pay.

Seeking Professional Support

Handling a situation like this can be emotionally taxing, and having the right support is invaluable. If you require assistance or guidance, our team at The Absolute Works is here to help.


Balancing the needs of the business with compassion for the employee is never easy, especially when it comes to dismissing an employee due to ill health. Following a fair and empathetic procedure, whilst adhering to company policies, is crucial in ensuring a smooth transition for all parties involved. If you find yourself in need of expert guidance during this process, do not hesitate to reach

Email or call 0333 2005153 to speak to a member of the team.