Getting back to work can be healthy choice

A leading authority on disability and diversity issues in the business environment said that, of the...

A leading authority on disability and diversity issues in the business environment said that, of the 3500 disability cases he had managed on behalf of customers such as Lloyds TSB, The Royal Mail and BT, 87% had returned to work and in three cases had he recommended letting the employee go.

Phil Friend, of Churchill, Minty and Friend emphasised that any absences related to a disability - including, for example, MS, Polio and strokes - should not be counted by an employer as sick leave.

On this point, he also observed that an alternative to being 'signed off' by the doctor in the case of a problem, which effectively means staff are not technically allowed to come into the workplace, is "reasonable adjustment leave", which means they can come into work if they want to. Under this scheme they do not get sick pay but are paid normally.

- Are insurance company staff helping or hindering the uptake of rehabilitation?

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