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Cutting absence


The government’s consultation on reducing ‘ill-health-related job loss’ contains a mixture of innovative and promising proposals, and others that would be difficult to implement. John Ballard analyses three of the proposed measures.

Research for this journal identified availability of short- or long-term adjustments, phased return to work, and access to OH support as the three most effective tools for promoting return to work from long-term sickness absence (LTSA)1. Three proposals in the government’s consultation on reducing ill-health-related job loss2 (this issue p.4) address these, but only one looks like a game changer.

The most innovative proposal is to change the…

John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work].


Author: Ballard J


Occupational Health at Work August/September 2019 (vol. 16/2) pp03

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