Online service to help employers support employees with disabilities
The Government has announced a new online service that aims to give employers the tools they need to support employees with disabilities and those with health issues.
An early test version of the Support with Employee Health and Disability Service has been launched, which provides information about supporting and managing employees with disabilities or health conditions at work. The service provides free advice in a question and answer format and includes links to Government and other organisations that may be able to help.
The guidance aims to help employers with:
- Managing absences and keeping in touch
- Having conversations with employees, in and out of work
- Deciding on changes to help them stay or come back to work.
Although the service is available for all employers, it is stated to be aimed at smaller businesses that may not have in-house HR support or access to an Occupational Health service.
The website is part of a £6.4 million investment to help employers to support employees with disabilities and health conditions, whether they are in or out of work.
There is also an online survey so that businesses and disability groups can give feedback, to help “shape the future of the service”. The site will be updated and improved over the next three years.
21 October 2022
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