Are employers legally required to notify employees who are on long-term sickness absence of any vacancies or promotion opportunities?
It is good practice for employers to advise all employees of any vacancies or promotion opportunities in the organisation, whether they are attending work or absent. Further, employees on long-term sick leave may qualify as having a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Employers are under a specific duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees to avoid their being put at a disadvantage. Advising disabled employees on long-term sick leave about vacancies or promotion opportunities is likely to constitute a reasonable adjustment.