Role of employers and legislation

Employers

Employers should be aware that the effects of Long COVID can fluctuate. Employees may have good and bad days, and symptoms can be both physical and mental.

If an employee is off sick, they might feel isolated or need support to return to work. 

Employers should:

  • Keep in touch and remain in regular contact  
  • Have regular wellbeing conversations and highlight or offer employee support, wellbeing services, psychological support and medical services/tests
  • Talk about ways to support them as they return to work where and when possible
  • Refer to Occupational Health early on
  • Consult with HR re return to work policies and processes (sickness absence, flexible working, health and safety)
  • Recommend staff join Long Covid support groups and peer networks
  • Signpost staff to GPs/Post-Covid Rehabilitation Clinics

Employers

Employers should be aware that the effects of Long COVID can fluctuate. Employees may have good and bad days, and symptoms can be both physical and mental.

If an employee is off sick, they might feel isolated or need support to return to work. 

Employers should:

  • Keep in touch and remain in regular contact  
  • Have regular wellbeing conversations and highlight or offer employee support, wellbeing services, psychological support and medical services/tests
  • Talk about ways to support them as they return to work where and when possible
  • Refer to Occupational Health early on
  • Consult with HR re return to work policies and processes (sickness absence, flexible working, health and safety)
  • Recommend staff join Long Covid support groups and peer networks
  • Signpost staff to GPs/Post-Covid Rehabilitation Clinics

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