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Why SMEs May Find Fit for Work Unfit for Purpose – Martin Pratt’s Article in CIPD

Martin Pratt's article was published by CIPD on the 26 May 2015

Written by Martin Pratt

Is the new occupational health service suitable for small businesses?

The government’s Fit for Work occupational health scheme is due to complete its national rollout by the end of this year. The scheme sounds simple enough. Both GPs and employers can refer employees to the service, which will then conduct a telephone assessment of the patient. Following that, a plan will be produced outlining steps the employer could take to assist the employee’s return to work…

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Martin Pratt

Having previously worked for Sharpe Pritchard, Campbell Hooper (now Charles Russell Speechly), DLA Piper, and Kingsley Napley, I am now a partner in Gordon Dadds employment law team and represent both individuals and employers, but specialise in acting for professionals such as public company directors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, accountants, MDs in investments banks, private equity principals and tech entrepreneurs, both as individuals leaving old employers and setting up or joining new enterprises. I advise senior individuals on new employment contracts and joining LLPs. On the employer side my expertise covers the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing. My varied employer client base includes professional services firms, hedge funds, publishers, marketing agencies, charities, fitness studios and medical practices. I represent clients in all types of employment related disputes, involving matters like whistleblowing, discrimination, bonus claims, harassment, TUPE, High Court injunctions and unfair dismissal. Qualifications: MA Modern History from Trinity College (University of Oxford) Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Legal Practice Course (LPC) obtained at College of Law, York LL.M Law and Employment Relations gained at Leicester University    

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