Fit notes need five years to take effect - CIPD


The fit note is failing to reduce employee sickness absence and may take five years to become fully integrated, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed.

Although companies do not believe it is being used effectively by GPs the fit note's introduction has encouraged discussions between line managers and staff around absence issues. The findings mirror some of those found by the Department for Work and Pensions last month which said GPs were embracing the new method but were still uncertain of some features. It also reinforces the Confederation of British Industry's view that the fit note was not reducing workplace sickness absence after levels rose in 2010. The CIPD and Simplyhealth Absence Management survey found the fit note is no...

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