CIPD publishes new guidance on terminal illness

James Williams

On 23 January 2024, the CIPD issued new guidance on supporting and managing employees with a terminal diagnosis, Terminal illness: Guidance for people professionals. Research carried out by the CIPD shows that only one third of UK organisations have specific provision regarding terminal illness, such as a policy, guidance or training.

The guidance provides advice on creating an inclusive and supportive culture, developing a supportive framework (which may include a standalone policy), being flexible and compassionate when managing absence, supporting managers, and providing wider support for colleagues. Employers should also consider those who may be caring for someone who is terminally ill and those who have suffered a bereavement through terminal illness.

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James Williams – Solicitor

James Williams

I am a qualified Employment Law and HR Solicitor. I specialise in acting for schools and advise on all aspects of employment law and HR including attending employee meetings, advising senior leaders, conducting redundancy consultations, drafting contracts of employment, advising on policies and procedures and negotiating settlement agreements.