Over a quarter of employers (27%) plan to signpost absent employees towards Fit for Work (FfW) in the absence of GP referrals.
Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill.
More companies are reporting an increase in long-term absence, with two fifths seeing a rise, and a fifth seeing a fall, the largest increase in five years, a report has found.
Among British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) 23% do not have an absence management system in place, research from Jelf Employee Benefits has found.
The average level of employee absence has fallen by a day to 6.6 days per employee in the last year, nearly a third report that rates have been affected by caring responsibilities, research has found.
Employees with high levels of stress have almost double the amount of absenteeism and more than twice the amount of Presenteeism, with 53% blaming stress levels on inadequate staffing.
Unison has criticised the government's "obsession with absence rates" after national statistics were published showing the number of absences per year had dropped by 40% since 1993.
The average number of days lost to sickness absence has fallen by almost 40% since 1993, dropping from an average of 7.2 days per worker to 4.4 days in 2013.
Replacing staff with above average salaries in some sectors can cost as much as £30,000 per employee, according to a new study.
Tighter sanctions should be considered for employers who do not cooperate with the government's Health and Work Service, despite plans for it to remain voluntary, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says.
UK employers suffer almost one million long-term sickness absences each year, according to official government statistics released today.
Employees off work due to temporary workplace disability could be reduced by one million across the EU through early intervention techniques, according to a Work Foundation report.
Absence rates have returned to 2011 and 2010 levels averaging 7.6 days per employee, after falling slightly in 2012, the annual CIPD and Simplyhealth Absence Management survey has revealed.
Britain's manufacturing firms are losing faith that the government's ‘fit note' programme is delivering on getting people back to work and further action is needed from policymakers, a survey has urged.
Employers need to address causes of problems in the workplace rather than treat the symptoms, a stress management consultancy has warned.
Well thought-out health and wellbeing strategies are lowering employee turnover, reducing sickness absence and improving productivity, a Simplyhealth white paper has shown.
A rehabilitation case management firm has expanded its immediate medical assessment (IMA) service for insurers and solicitors to deliver benefits.
Jelf Employee benefits had urged government to listen to what employers need before making employee benefits tax-relief decisions.
The economic downturn has adversely affected workplaces yet job satisfaction has improved, three-quarters of UK managers have said.
A cash plan provider has launched tiered cover linked to medical procedure recovery time.
Dame Carol Black will be speaking at a summit in London that will aim to recognise the world's healthiest workplaces.
Legal & General has partnered with a national charity to help employers minimise absences due to staff mental health problems.
An estimated 12 million British workers who do not eat their five-a-day are reducing their ability to work effectively, according to vielife.
Employee support services will alleviate significant strain in the workplace, Canada Life has said.