A very fitting idea


The new Fit Note regime ushers in a real headache for employers, employees and GPs alike. However, the system offers opportunities for advisers, says Phil Taylor

For years organisations have considered how they might manage absence more effectively in order to drive greater efficiency, increase productivity and reduce costs. It is absolutely clear that the system of getting a sick note from a general practitioner (GP) is no longer reflective of modern society and social dynamics – it is simply too blunt an instrument. The answer, it would appear, is the introduction of the ‘Fit Note’. These notes are intended to encourage a dialogue between the employer and employee, in order to identify ways in which the employee can be supported back to work. N...

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