Sickness absence review

The independent review into sickness absence undertaken by Dame Carol Black, the Government's National Director for Health and Work, and David Frost, the Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce, was presented to the Government on Monday 21st November 2011.

The recommendations include:

  • A new Independent Assessment Service (IAS) that employers and GPs can refer long-term sickness absence cases to for bespoke advice. 
  • A new job brokering service for employees on long-term sickness absence who are unable to return to their current employer. 
  • The removal of the assessment phase for claimants of Employment and Support Allowance. This will allow those claimants who need support to get it sooner and those that can work help to find a job more quickly.
  • Public sector employers should take immediate action to bring the worst performing parts of the public sector up to the standards of the best. Government should also review OSP in the public sector.

The full recommendations are available from the DWP website.

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