The government is considering a range of measures to better support people with health conditions to remain in work and return from sickness absence. These include potential changes to the law for employers, updating rules on Statutory Sick Pay, reforming the market for occupational health, and clear advice and guidance for employers.
Employers recognise that supporting staff with health conditions remain in work and return from sickness absence benefits themselves, the wider economy, the taxpayer and individuals. This is why many businesses are already going well beyond the law and taking action. From early engagement with staff on sick leave and investing in occupational health services; through to offering workplace modifications and paying occupational sick pay.
Yet there are barriers preventing employers from doing more. Lack of clear information and advice is preventing more employers from taking action. So is cost. Right across government, policy decisions are increasing the cost of employment. So,