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Effective and Sensitive Case Management

A successful engineering company based in the West Midlands, with no previous HR support in place, had a seriously ill employee who had been absent from the workplace for a considerable period of time. A sympathetic employer, the company had supported the employee throughout the period of absence but now, given the length of time that had passed, was struggling to meet the needs of the business and needed to recruit the necessary replacement skills.

Solution

Having contacted Atlas HR, our first move was to meet with the company face to face to gain a full understanding, not only of the long term sickness case but also a detailed understanding of the business in general. Our experienced HR Consultant then provided advice in terms of the next steps and a plan of action was agreed with the company.

Our support involved visiting the employee at home and explaining all of the steps as well as providing all of the necessary paperwork, letters to the employee in gaining consent to access medical information, and writing to a medical consultant to provide details of likely prognosis and capabilities. There were a number of legal obligations that were required. Taking the lead in managing the case, the company was informed at every stage of the process, as was the employee.

Outcome

Having obtained the appropriate medical information and having considered a number of options proposed by our Consultant, the outcome was that the employee was dismissed on the grounds of medical capability, all within the necessary legal framework, and in a dignified and sensitive manner, without significant costs.

The company was then able to commence with the recruitment of a replacement.

Atlas HR provide refreshingly pragmatic advice and guidance. They supported us through every stage of the ill-health case. We thought this was going to be a minefield but our Consultant was extremely knowledgeable and ensured that we were kept informed of progress as well as all of the options open to us. He showed great sensitivity in dealing with this case in a very much “hands-on” capacity. So impressed were we that we have now retained Atlas HR who have reviewed and updated all of our employment documents and dealt with a number of HR-related cases. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to any prospective client. Phil Baker – Director Invincible Rewinds Ltd