My employee calls in sick. What do I have to do?

The step-by-step guide shows you exactly which step you have to take at which time after your employee has reported sick. In short, you need to take the following steps:

  • Day 1: sickness notification by employee
  • Week 6: problem analysis
  • Week 8: plan of action
  • Week 42: 42nd week report
  • Week 52: first-year evaluation
  • Week 88: WIA-benefit application
  • Week 91: final evaluation
  • Week 93: submission of reintegration report

In addition, you must conduct a progress interview with your employee about developments in the reintegration process at least once every six weeks.

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Related questions

  • What are the obligations of the sick employee?

    Your employee must make active efforts for recovery and reintegration. Important reintegration obligations of the employee include:

    • Complying with your reasonable, written verification requirements. After all, you do need information in order to determine whether the employee is entitled to salary
    • Following up on reasonable proposals and measures taken by you or the company doctor
    • Participating in the drawing up, evaluating and updating of a plan of action; and
    • Accepting suitable work
  • My employee regularly reports sick for 1 or 2 days. What can I do?

    In the event of frequent short absence due to illness we advise you to talk to your employee and to suggest to him or her to see a company doctor. The company doctor can try to find out the cause for the frequent absence.

    You can also include in your sickness absence protocol that an interview will take place after three absences due to illness within one year.