Webinars

Effective strategies for dealing with employee sickness absence

Sick absence can not only result in having a negative impact and cost to a business but it can often also be challenging to manage.

Managing sickness absence requires sensitivity, finding an appropriate balance between supporting the employee and facilitating their return to work.

In this Employment Bitesize webinar we will concentrate on the key areas you need to consider and practical solutions to help you with the real-world aspects of managing sick absence.

We will be discussing the following issues:

  • long term and short-term / intermittent employee sickness absence
  • dealing with an uncooperative sick employee
  • when to get an occupational health report and ensuring you instruct them properly
  • consideration of disability issues
  • reducing the risks when carrying out dismissals

Menopause changing views: Menopause in the workplace webinar

Menopause in the workplace webinar

Menopause is a natural part of the aging process and will affect all women at some stage in their lives with approximately 13 million women in the UK being either peri- or post-menopausal. It might surprise you that even though 1 in 4 of these women will experience severe debilitating symptoms 73% of them don’t seek help or treatment.

In this webinar, we will provide you with information to enable you to raise awareness in your workplace around what women could be experiencing and how to provide appropriate support as well as flagging the potential legal claims available to menopausal women who feel mistreated in the workplace. Our expert speakers will question the myths around the menopause and offer practical support for employers. Alongside David Seals and Heather Love, Downs Solicitors’ Employment Lawyers, will be Melanie Flood, Registered Nutritionist, Health Coach and female hormone expert. David and Heather will be providing advice and some practical tips on:

  • Background on menopause and current statistics
  • Legal implications associated with menopausal women including recent cases
  • Guidance on raising menopause awareness and nurturing a positive and supportive culture in the workplace
  • Menopause challenges in the workplace; including managing sickness absence and performance.

Melanie will be talking about how Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine can help women in the workplace struggling with hormones and the perimenopause/menopause. Melanie will touch on her unique 6 pillar philosophy she uses with clients to achieve hormonal balance during this important period of female life. This includes:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Environmental toxins
  • Stress management
  • Movement
  • Mind-body connection

Holiday Pay Masterclass

In our next Employment Bitesize webinar series, we will address the basics of holiday entitlement and pay, and the relatively more complex precedents established by case law. We will then apply these pragmatically to worked examples.

Amongst other things, we will be covering: -

  • Statutory holiday entitlement under English and Welsh and European Law.
  • Contractual holiday.
  • Holiday for part-time, term time only, zero hours, and atypical workers.
  • Holiday carry over.
  • Holiday accrual during sickness absence and family friendly leave.
  • Payments in lieu of holiday.
  • Key tribunal rulings on holiday pay from the last decade.
  • Worked holiday entitlement and pay examples.

Recent and upcoming developments in Employment Law

In our next Employment Bitesize webinar we will be looking at recent cases that have come before the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal including cases arising from the pandemic.

We will also be considering caselaw regarding what is counted as working time for employment rights purposes and proposed changes to the law including on the right to request flexible working.

Mental Health Discrimination Webinar

The impact of Covid 19 has not just been on the nation’s physical health. Mental health issues caused by the pandemic, for example where workers have spent many months working alone in isolation, have undoubtedly taken their toll. In our next bitesize employment webinar we will be looking at employers’ legal obligations to staff who may be suffering with mental health conditions.

  • is someone with a mental health issue disabled under the Equality Act? -
  • what must an employer do to support staff with poor mental health? -
  • what would an employment tribunal find to be a reasonable adjustment? -
  • when might a medical report be appropriate? -
  • potential employment claims from staff suffering with mental health conditions

Mental health issues and disability discrimination law

The impact of Covid 19 has not just been on the nation’s physical health. Mental health issues caused by the pandemic, for example where workers have spent many months working alone in isolation, have undoubtedly taken their toll. In our next bitesize employment webinar we will be looking at employers’ legal obligations to staff who may be suffering with mental health conditions.
  • is someone with a mental health issue disabled under the Equality Act?
  • what must an employer do to support staff with poor mental health?
  • what would an employment tribunal find to be a reasonable adjustment?
  • when might a medical report be appropriate?
  • potential employment claims from staff suffering with mental health conditions

Redefining Profitability

How better driver management can strengthen your firm’s future

Planning for the Future

As financial matters and personal relationships become ever more complex, our experienced private client solicitors in wills, probate and lifetime planning can support you in managing your wealth, inheritance and assets, from when you get your first home to dealing with a complex estate

Avoiding the pitfalls and tribunal claims

David Seals and Nicola O'Dwyer