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Injured on the job

Brian Hay

Co-founded freight forwarding company Cardinal Maritime in 1998 using a £5,000 loan. The firm has offices in South Africa, Ireland and Holland, as well as its headquarters in Eccles and aims to open six more in Europe by 2012. It made a profit before interest and tax of over £1 million on a turnover of £38 million to March 2009.


One of my salespeople has come back from a trip to the Far East with more than just the case of samples he took with him. Because it happened on a work trip he seems to think we should give him full pay for as long as it takes him to recover. I’m not so sure. What would you do?


I am assuming from your question that your colleague has returned to work with something more serious than a cold and quite possibly a dose of shame.

Given your obvious investment in sending him to the Far East, and hopefully the leads he will have generated during his trip, I can imagine that you would like to see him return to work as soon as possible. Whilst he will of course be entitled to certain statutory rights, which are maybe supplemented by the terms of his contract of employment with you, I do not see that you should be expected to make an extraordinary contribution on the basis that he suffered the injury “on the job”.

You will probably find that it gets him back a lot sooner than if you were paying him whilst he recovers his pride.

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