Managing Ill-Health and Disability Overview

Why choose this course?

ONS figures show that after a “pandemic affected” record low for sickness absence rates in 2020, the most recent figures for 2021 showed sickness absences were at their highest rates since 2010.

An estimated 149.3 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK. With poor mental health on the rise, a strong grasp of the law in respect of disability discrimination has never been more vital.

This course looks at how to lawfully manage situations involving short and long term sickness absence in a way that takes account of employer’s duties towards staff well-being and in particular towards disabled staff.

Course Content

  • Understanding the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 and why this matters
  • Understanding how to spot signs of mental health and indicators of neurodiverse conditions
  • A detailed look at disability discrimination (arising from disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments)
  • How to manage a sickness absence procedure fairly: a focus on occupational health assessments and other medical reports
  • Understanding types of adjustments which may be relevant to the sickness absence process
  • What is a fair ill-health capability dismissal?
  • A look at case studies created using our teams many experiences of advising in this area

To discuss your specific requirements and get a quote, please contact Sam Greenhalgh, Partner and Head of Shaping Excellence or Jonathan Shevlane, Employment Law Trainer.

Made me think of my past actions and
how they may be interpreted, and how
to improve myself going forward.

Housing Association Client

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