Following hot on the heels of the Health and Work Service (HWS) news from last Friday afternoon, and my post of the same day, is this article from Workplace Savings and Benefits Magazine:
The concern here must be that the apparent onus of the relationship seems to be perhaps even more biased towards the employee than was originally anticipated – with the employer kept (presumably) at arms-length. This in turn will present some major challenges for employers, particularly around the consent issue which I covered in my post from earlier this year (please follow link):
If this employee bias really is the direction of travel (which on available evidence seems likely), then this may result in the HWS being under-utilised for some years to come. Which in turn will do little to help employers control the cost, and duration of, sickness absence.
In the meantime, those employers who are keen to utilise HWS should once again turn their thoughts to how they best obtain employee consent in this process.
I shall watch this one with interest.