Why did Fit for Work really fail? What now for SME's? And how can intermediaries help? By Carl Laidler, director of screening programmes at Health Shield Wellbeing gives his view.
The government's recently abandoned Fit for Work (FFW) referral service, although well intentioned, had arguably had its day before it'd even got started. That's the real issue. The need amongst small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) was — and still is — very much apparent, as they simply don't have the internal resource to deal with long-term sickness absence. But the launch of FFW, just three years ago, failed to take in the employer evolution that was very much underway at the time:...
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