Tag Archives: return to work

Fit for Work – health and work advice, health assessments and return to work plans

Sickness absence is a major problem for the UK economy – 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013[i]. It incurs significant costs for employers (e.g. the cost of temporary cover, lost productivity, etc.) … Continue reading

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Risk assessments during pregnancy or when breastfeeding

Many women choose to continue working while pregnant or return to work whilst still breastfeeding, and there is no reason why being pregnant or having young children should stop women from continuing their employment. In order to facilitate this, employers … Continue reading

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Health and Work Service – helping those with four weeks’ sickness absence to return to work

The new Health and Work Service (the Service) has been receiving a substantial amount of news coverage in the past week or so as individuals, employers and organisations take stock of how the new service might affect them. Views that … Continue reading

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Phased return to work after sickness absence

After a person has been absent from work due to illness, especially when the person has been absent over a prolonged period of time, a phased return to work may be the best way of helping the person to re-adjust … Continue reading

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NICE guidance – improving the health and wellbeing of employees

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has begun the process of developing guidance (on behalf of the Department of Health) on improving the health of employees, with particular focus on the role of line managers (entitled ‘Workplace … Continue reading

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GP fit note decisions need not always be the definitive last word

A change included in new guidance on the fit note published by the Government in March 2013 (see our blog on the revised fit note guidance for more information) could allow employers to favour the views of an occupational health … Continue reading

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Radio 4 report: sickness absence and return to work

Radio 4’s ‘In Business’ programme (Thursday 11 April, 2013) ran a feature on long-term sickness absence. Contributors to the programme included Dame Carol Black (advisor on work and health at the Department of Health) and David Frost (the former Director … Continue reading

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Handling sickness absence

A number of thoughts might go through an employer’s mind on hearing that a key member of staff is off work sick: What is the reason for the employee’s absence and how long is the person likely to be off … Continue reading

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Mothers returning to work after maternity leave

Whilst women are entitled to return to the same job after ordinary maternity leave, research undertaken by Reabur (www.reabur.com), which asked 1,926 employers their opinions on new mothers returning to work, seems to suggest that employers don’t necessarily think positively … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to the new sickness absence review – keeping people in work

On 17 February 2011 the Government called for a major review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain in order to help combat the staggering £100 billion that working age ill health costs the economy every year. The independent … Continue reading

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