The government has announced proposals to introduce a new independent assessment and advisory service aimed at getting people back to work. The service will help businesses tackle long term sickness absence in the workplace.
The scheme is expected to save employers up to £160 million a year in statutory sick pay and increase economic output by up to £900 million a year.
The Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, said:
‘Long-term sickness absence is a burden to business, to the taxpayer and to the thousands of people who get trapped on benefits when they could actually work.’
‘So for the first time, all employers, big or small, will have access to a service that offers the early support they need to keep people in work and fulfil their aspirations.’
The independent occupational health assessment and advice service is expected to be up and running in 2014.
Internet link: Press release
Posted – 14/03/2013