Employment Workshop 2018: 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.

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 of mental ill health at work.

This seminar will cover

  • 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: the perennial sick note, impractical / imprecise occupational health advice, the impact of alcohol and drugs, covering business critical functions, causative factors outside of work, PHI
  • How to tackle risk factors

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 legal counsel
  • CEOs and CFOs
  • Line managers and directors
  • Trustees and non-executive directors


£75 (excl. VAT)


3:30pm registration

4:00pm seminar

6:00pm finish