Fit for Work…
…advice service launched (but not everywhere – just yet)!
There has been some positive developments with the government’s new Fit for Work scheme. You’ll be delighted to hear it’s designed to help you, the employer – particularly the smaller ones – deal with health issues and handle sickness absence matters.
Fit for Work is separated in two – the first is an occupational health service and the second is it’s free, impartial, work-related health advice service – this is being delivered by a team of occupational health professionals.
Employer referrals – once this element is fully functional in your area, you’ll be able to refer an employee who has reached, or whose GP expects them to reach, 4 weeks’ sickness absence for a free occupational health assessment. This service should, we are informed, be fully operational by the end of 2015.
Advice and guidance – the second part (free, work-related health advice service) has been launched. You can chat online or by phone to a specialist advisor; you are able to submit queries about specific problems via e-mail. There’s also an “Advice Hub” for more general information, which contains a range of topics.
Quite what their capacity to deal with matters from an employment law aspect will be, is not known. However, it’s free and impartial – so you’ve nothing to lose by trying it!