Businesses in the UK are ill-prepared for this October's Welfare Reform Act, a study has revealed.
The act, which will work with individuals to 'tailor' their cases, plans to encourage those currently on incapacity benefits to return to work.
However, a study by PMI Health Group has shown that 56 per cent of businesses had never heard of the act and of those who had, 64 per cent were not aware of the implications it would have for them.
On a positive note, 75 per cent of those aware of it were receptive to the changes and professed intentions to moderate their environments to accommodate workers with disabilities.
Richard Munro, PMI Health Group managing director said: "The Welfare Reform Act will have a significant impact on employers and working practices [ ] we would advise any business to seek professional advice to ensure their cover still meets their contractual obligations."
According to national statistics, an estimated 1.1 million people in the UK currently claim incapacity benefit.