An Introduction to the Fit for Work Scheme

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

Any business that employs staff will experience employee absence. This can be disruptive and costly, especially when the absence is long term. Fit for Work is a scheme that is available in England, Wales and Scotland and offers free referrals for an occupational health assessment to employees with a prolonged period of health-related absence from work. Free advice is provided under the scheme to help prevent and reduce health-related absence.

This factsheet outlines the key features of the Fit for Work scheme. It explains who is eligible for a free occupational health assessment, the referral process, how assessments are carried out and the 'Return to Work Plan' that is provided to employees following their assessment. It also addresses the benefits of the scheme for employers and explains the impact that it will have on existing sickness and absence policy.

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