Health & Work Service Introduced

Having reviewed the sickness absence system in Great Britain, a new Health and Work Service will offer free occupational health assistance to employees, employers and GPs. This service has been implemented in limited areas as of 1st October 2014 with full national service being introduced in April 2015.

  • A Health & Work Assessment and Advisory Service has been established to make occupational health advice more readily available, enabling employers and employees to manage sickness absence more easily.
  • Record-keeping obligations for Statutory Sick Pay have been abolished which will allow employees to maintain records in a less regulatory manner and for a shorter length of time.
  • The Percentage Threshold Scheme that provided compensation for employers with high levels of sickness absence has also been abolished.
  • The Health and Work Service will provide for a state-funded assessment to be carried out by Occupational Health Professionals for employees who are absent for four weeks or more due to sickness. The service will also provide advice for employers, employees and GPs throughout the sickness absence process as well as a Case Management facility for those employees with more complicated cases who will require ongoing support to enable them to return to work.