Will my staffer be on sick leave forever?

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Will my staffer be on sick leave forever?

Fiona Mines

Dear Aunt MASie

Sick person at home
General practice workers on sick leave may present a difficult situation for their employer

DEAR AUNT MASIE

One of our employees has been on sick leave for several months. Unfortunately, there is no definitive prognosis, so we have no sense of when they might be able to return to work. While we have been happy to support them, at some point we will need to make a decision on their ongoing employment. What are our options?

Marking time, South Island

Ongoing sick leave, whether due to illness or injury, is a difficult situation to manage and can be emotionally fraught. In general practice, such , Fiona Mines, Fiona Mines