Government to launch review into workplace sickness absence
16 February 2011
The Government is to commission an independent review of workplace sickness absence. It is believed that Dame Carol Black, the Government`s national director for health and work and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, is leading the review alongside David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
The review, to be launched next week, will be sponsored jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). While its scope is unclear, it is understood that it could include issues facing smaller businesses in providing occupational health services and dealing with sickness absence. The review may also examine rates and conditions of statutory sick pay and occupational sick pay.
Dame Carol led a previous review into workplace health reforms in 2008, which was commissioned by the DWP and resulted in the introduction of the fit note.
Look out for more information when the review has been launched.
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