We've submitted a collective response on behalf of employers to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Health and Social Care's (DHSC) joint consultation on reducing ill health related job loss.
Our response highlights how NHS organisations are keen to expand the support they already offer to employees, however many of the barriers they face in doing this may not be addressed by the proposed changes in the consultation.
Employers are divided in their opinions on the proposal to introduce a new right to request work(place) modifications on health grounds:
- Employers in favour of the proposal outline their desire to enable more staff to stay in work through work(place) modifications and feel this right would formalise the process and make managers accountable for implementing adjustments.
- Employers opposed to the proposal felt that their local processes and systems to support staff were sufficient, that the introduction of a new right may create unnecessary bureaucracy and, without other measures, would not support organisations and managers to implement the modifications.
Read the full response to the consultation.