Following on from the introduction of fit notes the Government has announced that a joint review sponsored by DWP and BIS of sickness absence in the UK is to take place. This is to be led by Dame Carol Black (who’s report Working For A Healthier Tomorrow) led to the introduction of fit notes and David Frost, the Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce so I would expect that any recommendations are likely to be employer friendly.
According to the BIS website (Sickness absence system to be reviewed) the report will:-
- Explore how the current sickness absence system could be changed to help people stay in work, reduce and share costs for the taxpayer and businesses, and contribute to economic growth.
- Examine whether the balance of these costs are appropriately shared between individuals, employers and the State.
- Make tangible recommendations for change.
- Ensure that recommendations for change are consistent with promoting private-sector growth and minimising burdens on business - in particular small and medium-sized businesses.
The conclusions are expected to be published later this year.
For my previous blogs on sickness absence see:-