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Absence Management

When seeking treatment for SUD or helping a family member with SUD, employees may need time away from work. Privacy concerns can often be a barrier for employees seeking the time off they need to address the problem.

  • Ensure information on how to apply for a leave and the requirements are readily available to employees such as posting the information on the company's employee portal or intranet site
  • Ensure training of leave administrators, include the use of non-stigmatizing language and sensitivity to how an employee may feel coming forward with this condition
  • Include information on your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in all leave approval letters
  • Share the business case to managers that the benefits of treatment and support during recovery will reduce ongoing absenteeism

Here is a sample employee guide for absence management.

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