Posted on 31st October 2016 at 14:32
Sick pay faces overhaul under government plans
Review into disability and long-term sickness suggests need for greater flexibility over returns to work; ‘fit note’ regime also likely to change
Ministers are proposing an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and the system of ‘fit notes’ for employees suffering ill-health, as part of a new focus on helping disabled people and those with long-term conditions into work.
Work and pensions secretary Damian Green is today unveiling a Green Paper that is expected to contain proposals for sick pay to be made more flexible, allowing for phased returns to work for long-term absentees where they would be paid a proportion of the statutory rate for working restricted hours.