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Ensuring the wellbeing and mental health of employees working from home

While some people are enjoying working from home, this is not the case for everyone and the negative impacts over several months are taking a toll on some employees.

Employers are unsure of their responsibilities for mental health and how to deal with performance issues, when the boundary between home and work has become blurred, they want to know how best to support their employees’ wellbeing while keeping the business on track in difficult times. This includes knowing what questions you can ask, how to address mental health issues, and how to be fair in disciplinary procedures.

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LEGAL UPDATE: Fit for Work Assessments to End

The Government announced in Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability that the Fit for Work assessment scheme is to end on 31 March 2018 following low referral rates.

The Fit for Work referral service introduced in 2014 was set up to help employers manage sickness in the workplace and provided free access to occupational health professionals for people who are off work for four weeks or more. Once an employee reached, or was expected to reach, four weeks of sickness absence they could be referred to Fit for Work by their GP or their employer. However, the scheme has had poor take-up and after months of uncertainty over its future, the Government is set to pull the plug on the scheme at the end of the month.

The abolishment of the Fit for Work scheme came after the Government released its ambitious proposals to get one million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years.

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