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Flexible sickness policies needed

23 January 2015

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Sickness and absence policies need to be more flexible claims Lancaster University’s The Work Foundation.

According to the Fluctuating Conditions, Fluctuating Support report, 40% of employees could suffer from long term health conditions by 2030.

The report argues that for those living with conditions where symptoms fluctuate, such as asthma, depression or arthritis, the quality of support is too varied.

The report, Fluctuating Conditions, Fluctuating Support, recommends developing a best practice database of adjustments and supports for people with fluctuating conditions, and improving access to specialist occupational health support.

Karen Steadman, senior researcher at The Work Foundation, believes that fluctuating health conditions are a threat to the resilience of UK businesses.

She said: “The introduction of statutory part-time sick pay and growing income protection would go a long way to supporting those with fluctuating conditions,” she said. “However, it is essential that government also impacts upon workplace culture and practice, to ensure that employers fulfil their obligations to help employees.”