Information and guidance for employers on supporting employees who have arthritis including legal obligations
These pages give more information on the specific condition. They should be read in conjunction with our
Supporting employees with long term health conditions pages to help you understand how a workplace can assist in helping an employee return to and remain at work.
Approximately 10 million people in the UK have a diagnosis of arthritis, this includes all age groups.
There are 2 mains types
Depending on the type of arthritis, symptoms most commonly affect the joints in the hands, the hips and knees and the spine. The impact on an individual can vary and may include:
Employees with arthritis may have increased levels of sickness absence. They may also need to attend hospital or specialist appointments more frequently.
Authorised absence, out with the normal organisation sickness absence triggers, should be considered an appropriate adjustment under the Equality Act 2010. This would be identified within your Supporting Staff Attendance Policy.
If you feel your policy doesn’t include this, you can get support from our
Supporting staff attendance pages.
Other areas that you can consider when supporting an employee with arthritis may include
Key sources of support for both the employer and employee include:
Healthy Working Lives can help you to develop supportive and inclusive workplace policies and offer support both online and on the telephone. You can contact the free and confidential advice line on 0800 019 2211 for more advice.
Subscribe to receive updates on our services and activities
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, you can speak to one of our specialist advisors.