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Health Insurance & Protection - ‘Third of employers’ fail to intervene early to prevent long-term absence

A third of employers do not make any early interventions to help staff return to work in the event that they are absent for longer than six months owing to ill health, disability or injury, research shows.

Analysis carried out by group protection trade body GRiD shows that a similar number (32%) of employers do not have any financial support in place for staff if they are absent for half a year or more.

The poll of 500 employers found that those that more than half (52%) of those who do not offer return-to-work interventions for employees say they can not afford it and a third (32%) believe that it is not their responsibility.

Of the employers who do offer early interventions to support a return to work for long-term absent employees, 50% provide this for all staff (40% via insurance and 10% by self-funding).

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