BWB Insight: Taking the stress out of reasonable adjustments

Stress, depression and anxiety are now the most common causes of long-term sickness absence. These conditions pose unique difficulties for employers. Very often employees will seek to conceal the nature and extent of their condition until issues come to a head. Even where a diagnosis is available, it is frequently far from clear what adjustments ought to be made and how far an employer should go to accommodate and support an employee.

Dates & Times

March 19, 2014 @ 12:00 am

This two-hour seminar will focus on the difficult issue of reasonable adjustments and dismissals in cases concerning underperformance and absence related to stress, anxiety and depression. It will provide delegates with a clear understanding of the law and outline practical strategies for effectively managing the causes and consequences mental ill health at work.

CPD points are available for this course.

Why choose this course?

Delegates will receive:

• A practical explanation of the legal framework
• Comprehensive notes and materials
• Step-by-step guidance on how to manage long-term/ intermittent absence and underperformance
• Top tips on addressing impractical or unclear occupational health advice
• Template letters/ documents

Who should attend?

• HR managers and directors
• In-house counsel
• CEOs and CFOs
• Line managers
• Trustees and non-executive directors

Course content

This seminar will cover the following issues:

• Avoiding workplace triggers
• Early detection and prevention
• Understanding when stress, depression and anxiety qualify as a disability
• Reasonable adjustments – how far must an employer go?
• When is it permissible / appropriate to dismiss on health grounds?
• Addressing and resolving problem areas:
o the perennial sick note
o impractical / imprecise occupational health advice
o the impact of alcohol and drugs
o covering business critical functions
o causative factors outside of work
• How to tackle risk factors


£75 excl. VAT.