Despite their obvious importance to you and your business, you may be getting a little tired of hearing the letters F, C, and A, especially if your business is already fully compliant. But what about non-FCA regulation changes on the horizon? We asked a selection of legal experts for their advice on regulatory developments in the year ahead:
Henry Knill, head of employment law at Motor Industry Legal Services
The Health and Work Service
Expected in May 2015, the Health and Work Service is effectively a state-funded occupational health service, the idea being that if someone is off sick for more than four weeks they would be automatically referred to the service for assessment and creation of a return-to-work plan.
“There’s general scepticism in the legal profession about whether this will work,” said Knill.
“Who is going to be assessing and whose side will they be on? It won’t be a GP and inevitably a lot of assessment will be conducted over the telephone. In common with all occupational health assessments, there will be a tendency to sit on the fence, rather than give strong, definitive views to assist the employer.”