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Long-term health conditions and disabilities: HR and Health & Safety checklist

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest some 2.5 million people are missing from the labour market because of medical conditions, marking the highest rate of long-term sickness absence on record.

The government is responding to these figures with a Health and Disability whitepaper due in Spring 2023, as well as new guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) covering how employers and managers can support people with long-term health conditions and disabilities at work.

So, here’s what you need to know, consider and do as an employer when it comes to workers with long-term health conditions and disabilities, in order to stay compliant, retain your people, and boost productivity.