The new Fit Note system may see workers making claims for disability discrimination, it has been suggested.
Under the terms of the new scheme, which came into force yesterday (April 6th), people who are absent from their role with sickness for more than seven days will receive notes from their GPs which say whether or not they are fit for work.
In addition, doctors will be able to say if individuals are able to return to their positions in a limited capacity.
Such cases may require employers to allow a phased return to work, amended duties, workplace adaptations and altered hours.
The Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce points out that if firms fail to carry out the necessary changes, they may be subject to claims of discrimination from workers, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
According to the organisation's head of employment and skills Anj Handa, the rule changes will affect every business.