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Fit for Work — where next?

The rollout of Fit for Work (FFW) has now started in England and Wales.

The service is already available in parts of Wales and the Sheffield area, and the rollout map from the FFW website shows the remaining geographical areas, and indicates which ones will be able to access the service in the (fairly) near future. This will therefore be of use to any employer thinking about using elements of this service.

On a different, but not unrelated, topic, Jelf Employee Benefits has just launched an occupational health helpline. Full details on this service are available on the website.

This new service will be available to employers at an earlier point in the absence process than FFW (which has a four-week trigger point). The helpline will be able to take referrals where any absence is likely to exceed 21 days (or from day one for any stress-related absences), and so this could be a very useful additional tool for employers seeking to better manage sickness absence.

Please speak to your usual Jelf consultant for more details on this service.



Caption Competition – 1 April 2015

Can you put the boot into your nearest and dearest to win a delicious box of Hotel Chocolat milk chocolates? Submit a witty caption for the photo above and you will be automatically entered into our prize draw. Remember, the funnier it is, the more likely you are to win. What are you waiting for? […]

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Broker fees to rise by 8.5%, says FCA

Brokers’ fees will rise by 8.5 per cent next year, the FCA says. In a paper on proposed fees and levies published last week, the FCA says fee block A18, which covers brokers, will pay £17m in regulatory fees this financial year, up from £15.2m the previous year. Moreover, the minimum fee will be set […]

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The politics of healthcare

Healthcare is already one of the key battlefields in May’s general election, with each of the main parties committing to deliver improvements to the NHS and public health.


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