Fit for Work guidance for employers

11 September 2015

Fit for Work helps employers to manage sickness absence in the work place and provides employers, employees and their GPs with access to work-related health advice.

Fit for Work provides free health and work advice through a website and telephone line to help with absence prevention and free referral for an occupational health assessment for employees who have reached, or whose GPs expects them to reach, four weeks of sickness absence. Employees will normally be referred by their GP but employers can also make a referral after the employee’s fourth week of absence.

If an employee is referred to Fit for Work for an assessment, the employer may receive a Return to Work Plan via email (or post if appropriate). This will provide advice and recommendations to take to get the employee back to work.

In England and Wales visit www.fitforwork.org to see where the service is currently live, where it will be rolling out and sign up to receive roll out updates.

In Scotland visit www.fitforworkscotland.scot to find out what is available and how to get in touch.

Employers can accept the Return to Work Plan as evidence of sickness absence in the same way as a fit note issued by a GP. Employers will not need to ask an employee for a fit note as well.