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Employee Benefits Magazine - Top tips for introducing or updating health-related leave policies

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has accelerated the thinking in many organisations’ around the health and wellbeing of employees, and the acknowledgement that to have a thriving business, one needs healthy and engaged workers. Here are some practical tips for introducing or updating health-related leave policies for staff.

What health conditions can be included?

Health-related leave policies are defined as initiatives relating to absence due to specific circumstances.

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for industry body Group Risk Development (Grid), explains that they are intended to provide clarity on what might otherwise have been ad hoc paid leave, or to improve unapproved or unpaid leave to deal with traumatic events. “This could include the loss of a child, pregnancy loss, IVF, menopause and other health-related events such as gender reassignment surgery or cancer treatment,” she says. “Health-related leave policies may or may not dovetail with occupational sick pay or statutory sick pay.”
 
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