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16 August 2002

New LRD guide to rehabilitation at work
Every year 27,000 people leave work permanently because of work-related injuries and illness, and up to a sixth of people who are off work for more than six weeks never return to work. This failure to rehabilitate workers has enormous costs for all concerned - employers lose valuable staff, employees face all the problems associated with long-term unemployment and the government spends ?7 billion per year on incapacity benefit.

Against this background, the government and the TUC have been looking at ways in which greater numbers of workers can be helped back to work after illness or injury.

The Labour Research Department's latest booklet, Rehabilitation - an LRD guide, sets out the case for rehabilitation at work and explains government and TUC initiatives to address the issue. It also examines research recently published by the TUC on what makes for effective rehabilitation, which looked at the extent of rehabilitation practice among employers and identified seven steps that employers can take to provide effective rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation - an LRD guide provides practical advice on an important issue that unions are starting to take up in the workplace. Using good practice case studies from nine organisations, as well as other examples of rehabilitation polices and procedures, it sets out how union representatives can work with employers to develop successful rehabilitation programmes in the workplace. It also provides practical examples of good practice on rehabilitation, covering issues such as returning to different or altered work, changing hours or making adaptations to the workplace, and retraining and redeployment.

Notes to editors

1. Rehabilitation - an LRD guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.15 or ?10 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?28.50 (?72.75 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Tessa Wright on 020 7902 9817. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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