Are pre-placement medical questionnaires just as good as a candidate attending for a medical appointment? (The questionnaires are reviewed by OH and fitness for work assessment is based on info given... candidate may be called in for a medical appointment if something declared on form).

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 2 July 2013
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Pre-placement medical questionnaires and medical examinations can be problematic for employers, as it may expose the Company to a claim by a prospective employee that he/she was not hired on the basis of something disclosed in the pre-placement questionnaire, which would be contrary to the Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2012.

If the pre-placement medical form shows evidence of a disability, the job offer cannot be withdrawn prior unless it can be demonstrated that the prospective employee is not capable of doing the work with reasonable adjustments made by his/her employer. Employers are advised to obtain medical advice before reaching this conclusion. Notwithstanding the above, there is

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Zelda Cunningham
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