The sick note, a.k.a. “Med 3”, may be about to get better. Subject to approval by parliament, on 6th April 2010 new regulations will come into force, which aim to help people who have been ill to get back to work earlier. The doctor will now be able to certify that a patient “may be able to return to work” subject to certain provisos, such as a phased return to work, altered hours, amended duties, workplace adaptations, or more specific provisos relating to the patient’s illness.
This, it is thought, will be good for the economy, good for the employer – and also good for employees, because often an earlier return to work, if it can accommodate their needs, may actually help them to get better more quickly.
The government’s response to the 3-month consultation period (28 May 2009 to 31 August 2009) took account of comments from a wide range of organisations – employers, healthcare professionals, and professional organisations such as the CIPD and the IPP.
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