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Hot weather causing 'sickness absence'

Published: Monday, 12 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Some eight out of ten businesses have had employees call in sick because of the good weather, while seven out of ten employees admit the spate of sunshine has tempted them to stay away from work.

A study of 7,023 businesses by employment law firm Peninsula indicated that eight out of ten have reported staff pulling a 'sickie' this week, with the short week and sudden hot weather being largely responsible, which may be of note to recent graduates accustomed to long summer breaks.

Commenting on the issue, Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said: "If hot and sunny summers are going to be the result of global warming then the problem of workers pulling a 'sickie' will get worse.

"If you're tempted to take time off work because of the hot weather, then you're not alone, but before doing so think about how unfair it is towards your employer and fellow colleagues."

Peninsula is a provider of employment law and health and safety services in the UK.

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