One of your pharmacists has been on long-term sick leave for months. You have tried to stay in touch without pressuring them, but whenever you ask about a possible return date, he says "maybe after another few weeks", and then you hear nothing more.
You can't go on relying on locums forever. Do you have to keep employing him until he is better?
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In theory, sick leave can be indefinite. Statutory sick pay (SSP) of £92.05 per week is paid by an employer for up to 28 weeks, if the employee qualifies for SSP and has been off work sick for four or more days in a row (including non-working days).
After this time, the employee is not entitled