When dealing with a case of ill health absence an employer may seek (with the employee’s permission) a report from the employee's General Practicioner or Company medical advisor to gain further information on the employee’s condition. This information can be used to facilitate the employee’s return to work through, for example, the making of any adjustments as recommended by the medical advisor. Such information is covered by Data Protection Legislation.See:
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.