One of our employees, a mechanical fitter, has taken extensive absence following a shoulder operation some months ago. We have identified a number of lighter duties, such as conducting risk assessments, which he could perform until he is fully fit to return to his normal duties – can he refuse? If he can, is there anything we can do about it? I should mention we have an extremely generous occupational sick pay scheme, which does little to encourage people back to work, it’s proving a bit of a thorn in my side! Can anyone offer any advice?
Maria Ryan