The Government has published its response to the review of workplace sickness absence conducted by Dame Carol Black and David Frost in 2011. Most of the recommendations in the report have been accepted, including:

  • Introduction of an independent assessment and advisory service from 2014 which will provide state-funded occupational health advice for employees who are off sick for four weeks or more, as well as guidance for employers on supporting employees’ return to work.
  • Revised guidance on fit notes.
  • Removal of the statutory requirement to maintain SSP records.
  • Improved standards of sickness absence management within the public sector.