2017/2277(INI)

Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment

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2017/2277(INI) Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment
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Lead EMPL ŽITŇANSKÁ Jana (ECR) BACH Georges (EPP), PALMER Rory (S&D), SELIMOVIC Jasenko (ALDE), LÓPEZ BERMEJO Paloma (GUE/NGL), LAMBERT Jean (Verts/ALE), AGEA Laura (EFD), MÉLIN Joëlle (ENF)
Lead committee dossier: EMPL/8/11437
Legal Basis Rules of Procedure EP 52
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Activites

  • 2018/09/11 Vote in plenary scheduled
  • 2018/09/10 Debate in plenary scheduled
  • 2018/06/12 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A8-0208/2018 summary
  • 2018/06/07 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2018/01/18 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

Documents

  • Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading: A8-0208/2018

Votes

A8-0208/2018 - Jana Žitňanská - Vote unique

2018/09/11
Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 626 63 67 18 6 42 11 201 172 46 0
Against 31 0 1 18 7 0 5 0 0 0 0
Abstain 26 0 3 1 18 1 3 0 0 0 0

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    • The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted an own-initiative report by Jana ŽITŇANSKÁ (ECR, SK) on pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment.

      In the context of an ageing European workforce, the report suggested an approach that will help identify the policy options needed to shape our labour markets in order to become: (i) more inclusive and responsive to the needs of ageing and ailing society and (ii) less prone to the loss of skills a result of inactivity in the labour market.

      Members believe that the EU can add value by helping Member States in three ways:

      (1) Prevention and early intervention: arguing that the quality of preventive services is essential to support businesses, the report stressed the importance of investing more in risk prevention policies and promoting a culture of prevention.

      Members called on Member States to put in place functioning legislation with effective overview to ensure that employers make workplaces more inclusive for those suffering from chronic conditions and disabilities.

      The Commission should encourage integration and rehabilitation measures and support Member States in their efforts to identify and exchange good practice in workplace accommodation. Eurofound should analyse the employment opportunities and employability levels of people with chronic diseases.

      The forthcoming EU strategic framework on health and safety at work post 2020 should further prioritise investments, through EU funds, aimed at prolonging and promoting healthier lives and working lives, and individualised working arrangements, and at supporting recruitment and well-adapted return to work, where desired and where medical conditions allow.

      Among other things, the report stressed the need to:

      • develop and implement a programme for systematically monitoring, managing and supporting workers affected by psychosocial risks, including stress, depression and burnout, in order to, inter alia, draw up effective recommendations and guidelines for combating these risks. Mental health problems and learning disabilities should be de-stigmatised;
      • implement effective policies on healthy diets, on alcohol and tobacco consumption and on air quality, and to promote such policies at the workplace;
      • provide workers with adequate access to healthcare to ensure early detection of the onset of physical and mental illness and facilitate the reintegration process;
      • provide targeted additional benefits for people with disabilities or chronic diseases covering extra costs in connection with, among other things personal support and assistance, the use of specific facilities and medical and social care.

      (2) Return to work: Members considered that return-to-work and reintegration policies should form part of a broader holistic approach to healthy working lives, aimed at ensuring a physically and mentally safe and healthy working environment throughout people’s working life and active and healthy ageing for all workers.

      The report stressed the need to:

      • take action in cooperation with the Commission and relevant EU agencies, to counter the negative effects of long-term work absence, such as isolation, psychosocial difficulties, socioeconomic consequences and decreased employability;
      • take a positive and work oriented approach to workers with disabilities, older workers and those who have suffered a mental or physical illness or injury, including people diagnosed with terminal illness, focusing on early evaluation of the individual’s remaining capacity and readiness to work, and organising psychological, social and employment counselling at an early stage and the adaptation of the workplace ;
      • develop and provide guidelines on best practices and coaching, support and advice to employers on how to develop and implement reintegration plans while ensuring a continued dialogue between the social partners;
      • introduce active labour market policies and policy incentives for employers in order to support the employment of persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including by making suitable adaptations to, and breaking down barriers in, the workplace such as telework, flexitime, adapted equipment and reduced working hours or workload.

      Early and/or gradual return to work (if medical conditions allow) could be accompanied by partial sickness benefits to ensure that the individuals concerned do not suffer loss of income from returning to work, while maintaining financial incentives for businesses.

      (3) Changing attitudes towards the reintegration of workers: the report stressed that raising awareness about occupational rehabilitation and return-to-work policies and programmes, and improved company culture, are critical success factors in the return-to-work process and in fighting negative attitudes and tackling prejudices and discrimination.

      Members called on the Commission and the Member States, in cooperation with the social partners, to ensure – in their communications, guidelines and policies – that employers see the reintegration process as an opportunity to benefit from workers’ skills, competences and experience.

      The report stressed the importance of campaigns fighting discrimination based on workers’ age, promoting prevention and health and safety at work measures. It also encouraged employers to maintain as much dialogue as possible with employees who have received a terminal diagnosis, to ensure that all necessary and possible adaptations can be made to allow the employee to carry on working if he or she so wishes.

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