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Acas encourages employers to support newly disabled employees

Thursday 06 October 2011

Employment experts Acas recognise the importance of retaining employees who develop disabilities during the course of their working life. A new report, published by RNIB with a foreword by Acas Chief Executive John Taylor, demonstrates that keeping a newly disabled person in employment has a cost benefit of 2.5 times an employer's investment.

The report sets out:
  • The case for employee retention
  • Advice on how to identify the related costs and longer term savings
  • Recommendations for employers when implementing an employee retention policy
John Taylor, Chief Executive of Acas said: 

    "Obviously the priority in this situation is supporting the employee through 
    what may be a difficult time. As with all change in the workplace, 
    good communication is essential. If adjustments need to be made 
    employers need to speak to the individual and ensure that other team members 
    are kept informed. 

    "Acas firmly supports measures to retain employees who acquire health 
    issues or long term impairments. As well as helping to build a 
    stronger relationship between employer and employee there are strong 
    business reasons for doing so. This report makes the case convincingly, 
    setting out the costs and the potential savings that can be realised by a policy 
    of vocational rehabilitation."

Access the new RNIB report.

Acas provides guidance on building good employment relationships and handling difficult conversations. Access Acas guidance on www.acas.org.uk.

Notes for editors

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