Consultation on measures to reduce health related job loss

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Consultation seeks views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health related job loss.

The UK Government has published Health is Everyone’s Business (this link will take you away from our website), a public consultation seeking views on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss.

Each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks. Offering flexibility, early support and occupational health advice are the key to successful retention in the workplace. We know that many employers already see the case to invest in health and wellbeing. But some, particularly smaller ones, might not have the knowledge or time to support their employees with health conditions, even when they want to. The Government’s consultation seeks to address these challenges as is focused on four main areas:

1. Amending the legal framework to encourage early action to support individuals when they are absent from work and to facilitate more conversations to agree effective workplace modifications;
2. Reforming of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) so that it is better enforced, more flexible, and support the lowest paid employees;
3. Measures to improve availability of high-quality, cost-effective occupational health (OH) services for employers; and
4. Improving advice and support from government for employers to understand and act on their responsibilities.

Taking part in the consultation

You can help shape future plans by accessing the consultation online (this link will take you away from our website) which will be open until 7 October 2019. Your views will be invaluable in helping Government to understand the implications of any reforms and how any potential changes can be best implemented in the future. This will be vital in ensuring Government provides employers and employees with the most effective support going forward.

You can also join officials from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, in an interactive discussion on the consultation. Remaining events in Scotland are in Edinburgh on Friday 20th September at either 08.30am (this link will take you away from our website) or 11.30am (this link will take you away from our website).

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