I have the following situation. It's coming up to two years employment, so crunch time. Bullet points: Employee is generally great. Skilled, punctual, etc. Always cheery (although see below) However there are the following snags. They have carpal tunnel. Whilst this is entirely not their fault, it is costing a lot of time off. Luckily I only offer SSP. They are on antidepressants. Again, not their fault- but I am worried about how this could blow up on me in the future. I think I'm fairly well covered by only having SSP in the contract. The third issue is more pressing. They have a child, who is frankly a sickly brat. Covid and stricter nursey rules have exaccerbated the situation this last year- no nursey with any sniffles. They will constantly just drop me in it, and tell me they can't be in. I can work around this, but it's annoying. What annoys me the most is their partner. A teacher, who will not share the childcare. I don't want to hear about 'key workers' etc. As far as I'm concerned, days off due to childcare should be split equally between employers. It would even work to their favour, as the school will just get a substitute in, AND their spouse would be paid anyway (my employee is not). Yet this has never been the case, and it annoys me. Moreover, it's very hard to get them to work a weekend to make up for lost time, which is not great when I have clients on my back. My gut feeling is to let things continue, but offer no pay rises, etc to compensate for the hassle. Overall they are an asset to the business, I do like having them around, and I can work around it. I'm mainly worried about how I would stand letting them go further down the line if it became even more of a problem. I think I'd struggle to let them go under redundancy rules, so what happens if they take even more time off with no notice, perhaps even combined with the antidepressants not working and end up unproductive? To be blunt (and this is a business forum), could I use disciplinary procedures for unauthorised absence due to childcare (and spouse refusing to share the burden) I'm aware that I'd have to be very clear that the depression was not the issue, and to be fair I'm not worried about that as they've been very stable all the time they've worked for me- there's never been any time off due to it. Your thoughts would be appreciated.