Winter is Coming – Cold and Flu Season

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes cold and flu season. This can be particularly detrimental to a small business, especially if multiple employees are sick at the same time.

Here are some things to keep in mind when employees take sick leave.
  • Review your sick leave policy to ensure that it is up to date with all relevant legislation and award requirements.
  • Ensure that all employees are aware of their leave entitlements and the steps they must take when they are off sick.
  • In most cases, for absences longer than one day, a medical certificate is required.

While it can be hard for a small business to function effectively with employees off sick, often it is better for ill employees to stay home until they are better. One sick employee can cause many more employees to fall ill, causing more to take time off work. This affects the time it takes for projects to be completed and may lead to lengthy delays.

Encourage all employees to go home if they are not feeling well. If your employees are sick but still feel well enough to work, allowing them to work from home is a great option. This prevents too many delays in the completion of work, and allows you to keep the rest of your workplace healthy as well.


For more information on sick leave contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or


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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.