# Is the company wrong for punishing me from my Bradford score?

## What is an unacceptable Bradford Factor score?

Essentially, the higher the score, the worse an employee’s attendance record. In some cases, a Bradford Factor score higher than 500 could be used as justification for dismissal. Scores between 200 and 500 indicate serious absenteeism concerns and may require addressing the issue.

Some people ask “Is the Bradford Factor legal?”, and the answer in a nutshell is yes – as long as you are setting reasonable trigger points, there is nothing stopping you from taking action against repeated instances of unauthorised absence using a mathematical formula.

## Can the Bradford Factor be used for redundancy?

Bradford factor is a formula used to calculate the amount of absences over a given period of time. Employers find it a very useful way of identifying when to start a sickness absence process or for scoring employees in a redundancy situation.

## Is the Bradford Factor good?

There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Bradford Factor scores, each workplace will set their own thresholds and individual allowances for absentees which means that the score threshold is entirely dependant on the company an employee works for.

## What is the Bradford Factor sickness?

The Bradford factor is a formula used by HR departments to calculate the impact of employees’ absences on the organisation. It is based on the theory that short, frequent, unplanned absences are more disruptive to organisations than longer absences.

## Does a sick note affect Bradford score?

Using the formula, frequent short absences will quickly rack up a higher Bradford Factor score than less frequent absences: Six days of absence in the last year will give different scores, depending on the number of absences: One spell of sick leave would equate to 1(S) x 1(S) x 6(D) = 6 points.

## Does Bradford score reset every year?

When does the Bradford Factor reset? To use it correctly, you need to set a period of time over which you will measure the impact of staff absences. Most companies reset the calculator once each year.

## How do I lower my Bradford Factor?

Studies have shown that by educating employees about the Bradford Factor, and informing them of their score on a regular basis, absenteeism can be dramatically reduced. This is largely down to employees realizing that taking the odd day off here and there will quickly multiply their Bradford Factor score.

## How long does Bradford Factor last?

Absence comes in all shapes and sizes – and it can last anything from a few days to a number of months. Our research found that, in the last year, 34% of employees took 1 to 3 sick days, 13% took between 4 and 10 sick days and 51% say they didn’t take any sick days at all.

## How many sick days do you get a year UK?

In the UK, employees take an average of 6.9 days of sick leave per year.

## How does a Bradford score work?

Is the Bradford Factor fair to use?

2. 51 points = informal verbal warning with notes on suggested improvement.
3. 201 points = written warning.
4. 401 points = final written warning.
5. 601 points = enough cause for dismissal after continued absenteeism and due warnings.

## Can I be sacked for being off sick UK?

You can be dismissed if you have a persistent or long-term illness that makes it impossible for you to do your job. Before taking any action, your employer should: look for ways to support you – for example, considering whether the job itself is making you sick and needs changing.

## Can you get a disciplinary with a sick note?

Pretending to be ill when you are not would be misconduct and if discovered, is likely to have disciplinary consequences. Even if all your sickness absences are genuine and certificated, you can still be given a formal warning because of high levels of sickness absence.