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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Frequent / Intermittent Absence

Absence Management Procedure - Frequent/Intermittent Absence

This formal procedure should be used if a manager has concerns about an employee's level of frequent intermittent absence. The University recommends that it is used when an employee has been absent for

  • three or more absences in a three month period
  • frequent/intermittent absences amounting to ten days in a rolling year

The emphasis should be on counselling and support and seeking agreement on targets to improve attendance. However the employee must be warned that if attendance does not improve then the employee's continued employment is at risk.

Please refer to the Regulations for Ill Health & Absence