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Fit Note Fails to Cut Staff Absence Rates

Staff absences were slightly higher last year despite the introduction of the ‘fit note’, research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found. The CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey (PDF) found the UK economy lost 190 million working days to absence last year, with each employee taking an average of 6.5 days off sick ? compared to an average of 6.4 days in 2009. The increase comes despite the introduction of the fit note in April 2010, which aimed to encourage absent staff to return to work as soon as they are able. “The fit note is a great initiative, which could play an important role in helping people back to work and stopping them slide into long-term absence.” said CBI chief policy director, Katja Hall. “But employers are far from convince... »

Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

Statement of Fitness for Work (The Fit Note)

“From Sick Note to Fit Note” Summary From 6 April 2010 the sick note changed to become a fit note. Sick notes (or Medical Statements) are the forms issued by doctors to people when they are ill or injured. They provide advice about whether or not an individual with a health condition is fit for work. They are commonly used by employers as evidence that an employee cannot work for sick pay purposes. Many people with health conditions can, with some basic support from their employer, work as they recover from their condition. This helps the individual because for many people work can help recovery and also benefits the employer by reducing sickness absence. Under the sick note system, doctors could only advise their patient on whether their health condition meant that they should... »

Update your Sickness Policies for “fit note” Reform

Businesses must update their sickness absence policies ready for the new “fit note” rules on 6 April, insurance firm Aviva has urged. Officially called the Statement of Fitness for Work, (547k PDF) the “fit note” will replace the traditional sick note. The note allows doctors to say whether a person is “unfit for work” or “may be fit for work” if certain conditions are met, such as different working hours or avoiding heavy lifting. However, it is up to employers themselves to decide whether to make the necessary adjustments for an employee to return safely, or sign them off sick. “Businesses need to include two new things in their policies,” said Aviva liability risk manager, Phil Grace. “Firstly, how they will manage the he... »

The Fit Note: A Guide for Employers

Guide published to help employers understand “fit note” changes. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a free guide explaining how the new “fit note” will affect employers when it replaces the traditional sick note on 6 April 2010. Available to download from the DWP website The Statement of Fitness for Work: A guide for employers (547k PDF) provides employers with practical information on how fit note forms will be filled out by doctors, as well as how the new system will work. Under the new regulations, doctors will have the option to tick a “may be fit for work” option — unlike the current system which focuses on how long a person should be given complete leave. Doctors will also be able to make recommendations such as a phased... »

New Fit Note could Lead to More Workplace Disputes

A new ‘fit note’ to be introduced this April is likely to cause greater uncertainty for employers and employees, and may result in more disputes in the workplace. That’s the warning from Adams & Remers solicitors, following publication of the Government’s response to consultation on the fit note. The fit note will replace the traditional sick note and aims to introduce a new ‘can do’ attitude towards medical statements. As well as the current ‘you are not fit for work’ option, the revised electronic statement will include a ‘you may be fit to work taking account of the following advice’ option. This option will allow the GP to suggest changes that might enable the employee to return to work, including a phased return, amended ... »

Fit note to help sick employees get back to work

Fit note to help sick employees get back to work

A new ‘fit note’ is to be introduced by the government next year to help employees get back to work as soon as they are able. While still under consultation, the new system is due to be introduced in April 2010. The government hopes it will replace the current ‘sick note culture’ by helping more people stay in employment, rather than drifting into long-term sickness absence. Unlike the current system, which focuses on how long a person should be given complete leave from work, one of the main proposals under the reforms is a ‘may be fit for some work now’ option. This will require GPs to consider how a person could be eased back into the workplace, with options including a phased return to work, altered hours or amended duties. GPs may also be able to re... »