Are there any steps that a line manager should take when an employee returns to work after a period of long-term sickness absence?

The line manager should meet with the employee on or before the first day back to discuss his or her capabilities, and review whether or not any special arrangements and support need to be provided initially. The manager should consider any recommendations given by the employee's doctor on a statement of fitness for work or "fit note". The manager should be careful not to overload the employee with work at first, but at the same time ensure that he or she is given meaningful tasks. Showing the employee that his or her return is welcomed will also be important.