How can employers manage someone back into the business when they've been off with stress and do not want to engage with HR?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 6 December 2021
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered: Long-term Absence; Stress- related Absences; Occupational Health

So there's a very fine line between showing concern for somebody, trying to get them back in. And stress is obviously . . . you can actually just trigger somebody's illness or disability by engaging with them. So how would you deal with that?

Seamus: Well, I think your policy and procedures should be clear. And the expectation of the employee should be that during a period of absence, there will be contact that will be made by the business. The policy should be clear that the aim of the employer is always to assist the employee to return to work. There is that onus on the employer to give that assistance.

The only way that you can do that is through engagement. You need to understand what

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This article is correct at 06/12/2021

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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