What you should do to prepare for an employee to return to work
When an employee is absent from work it is important to keep in contact to offer support. This gives you the opportunity to receive a health update. You can also discuss any perceived barriers that may be preventing a return to work. It also enables you to discuss reasonably practical adjustments that may help support a safe and healthy return to work.
We can provide information on keeping in contact with employees when they are absent.
A fit note is required if an employee is absent from work for more than seven days (including weekends).
A GP will advise on the fit note that your employee is unfit for work due to their health condition or that they may be fit for work with recommended reasonable adjustments.
fit note guidance for employers and line managers.
Working Health Services Scotland is a service for employees that aims to help them stay at work whilst managing their health condition or return to work if a short episode of ill health occurs.
It provides free and confidential advice and health support for the self-employed and people working in companies with less than 250 employees.
Find out about Working Health Services Scotland
Examples of reasonable adjustments that you may wish to consider to help an employee return to work include
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For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, you can speak to one of our specialist advisors.