Should we be providing employees with a copy of a referral letter to occupational health (“OH”)?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 November 2019
Arthur Cox
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A referral to OH may be suggested by an employer who has concerns about an employee’s health and ability to perform their job as a result of their health. An employee may be referred for assessment where there:

(a)    is concern that they have work-related health problems;

(b)    may be underlying ill-health or disability contributing to job performance issues; or

(c)    is long-term or frequent sickness absence.

The reason for referral to OH must be discussed with and consented to by the employee. The specific reason for referral should then be clearly stated, along with the questions to be answered by the OH practitioner. The employee should be

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