New service aims to manage and reduce sickness absence

A NEW approach to managing sickness absence is due to be introduced in the spring of 2015 through the government’s new Health and Work Service – with some locations having access from this autumn.

A NEW approach to managing sickness absence is due to be introduced in the spring of 2015 through the government’s new Health and Work Service – with some locations having access from this autumn.

It will be a state-run occupational health service for employees with more than four weeks’ absence. The service will provide in depth guidance and support to help employees return to work.

It is intended to identify the issues preventing the employee’s return to work and to make recommendations on how the employee can be helped to return to work. This may include fitness for work advice, medical care, working from home or retraining. It is hoped the service will reduce absence levels across UK businesses.

The new service will cover England, Wales and Scotland but does not entail any changes to existing law.