New proposals on sickness absence

by Laurie Anstis on January 17, 2013

Today has brought three new proposals from BIS, but the Department for Work and Pensions have been busy too. They have produced new proposals on sickness absence.

They have come up with multiple proposals for dealing with sickness absence. The most striking is that there should be a new, government-funded, occupational health service. This would be called the Independent Assessment Service, and is intended to be in operation from 2014.

The new service will provide an assessment from an occupational health advisor once any employee has been off work sick for four weeks, and carry out case management in complex cases.

Amongst the other proposals, the government is intending to revise guidance to doctors on how to complete fit notes, so as to provide a broader perspective on the employee’s fitness for any work, rather than just concentrating on the job they are employed to do.