HEATHROW MEDICAL – It has been announced by the government of UK regarding the application of a new independent evaluation and advisory service to help the sick employees getting back to work. In result this would be a government run occupational health service.
It has been noticed for quite some time that when employees get sick for more than four weeks, it can be that they are off work for long time, occupational health services can assist with the situation helping out with much needed advice and a protection to employers should ultimately they be faced with a possible employment tribunal if the employee is discharged.
The first step that needs to be taken is by scheduling a meeting with employee at their home, or the company or at a neutral place. They should have a family member with them while the meeting is being conducted, so that they can feel secured and not discouraged. The employer should be cooperative with companies needs to find out more details about their health with the help of occupational health services. If the employer is not interested to sign any then he would fall under the Access to Medical Records Act 1988 that will authorize the occupational health advisor to contact their GP then they will be made fully aware of the situation about the fact that, if they are absent for more than four weeks then the company will have the authorisation to terminate them.
Occupational Health Services can be used to regulate whether the employee is protected by the Equality Act 2010 in terms of disability and whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made. They can help with the assessment on the forecast of the likelihood of return to work perhaps recommending a phased return.They will produce a written report that is shared with the employee, which will provide the basis of a next meeting with the employee with a view to getting them back to work.Their service can also be invaluable with cases of intermittent absences example Monday/Friday syndrome. They can help decide whether an employee is “swinging the lead” or may have a genuine underlying problem.