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Nearly three quarters of absent employees require workplace adjustments to return to work.

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

30 August 2012

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

Nearly three quarters of people off work due to illness required adjustments in the workplace to help their return, an analysis of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Fit for Work Service pilots by Legal & General has shown.

Half of those who returned to work with support from the service reported changed hours of work, whilst two fifths also reported changed duties and reduced workloads. 

The findings show that returning to work from illness is often possible but usually requires specialist adjustments and support.

Group Income Protection schemes can provide specialist support and early intervention when an employee becomes unwell, helping to return them into work sooner. Furthermore, all of Legal & General’s Group Protection policies include access to an employee assistance programme which provides telephone and online support for all managers and employees whilst at work or off sick.This programme offers advice on a wide range of issues including health problems, financial and emotional support.

Commenting on the finding, Diane Buckley, Managing Director of Legal & General Group Protection, said:

“Returning people to the workplace is much easier with the right support in place. Employees were of the opinion that with the right adjustments they can return more quickly.

Legal & General’s Group Income Protection policy can offer specialist support to help return employees to work who may be vulnerable to a relapse. For instance, for employees who were off work due to stress, we can offer up to 24 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) from CBT Services Ltd.”

Notes to editors

The DWP report, ‘Evaluation of the Fit for Work Service pilots: first year report’can be found at

About Legal & General’s Group Income Protection:-

Group Income Protection aims to provide insurance to pay income protection benefit to employees who cannot work because of long-term illness or injury. When appropriate, we’ll provide early intervention and rehabilitation for employees who are absent from work because of long-term illness or injury. Benefit will only be paid if the employee meets the specific definition of long-term illness or injury. 

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not
be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions.

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