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Using and abusing PEMA results

RTWMatters team

A doctor’s assessment that a prospective employee is “fit” for a particular role does not guarantee a clean bill of health. How should employers understand and use the results of pre-employment medical assessments?

Pre-employment medical assessments (PEMAs) are designed to ensure that prospective staff are physically capable of a job, and do not put themselves or others at risk of injury or ill health. Once results are received, employers have some big decisions to make: how to act on the advice received, and who to employ. However, employers sometimes misunderstand PEMA results, with potentially costly consequences. What do PEMA results look...

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