Key Points
  • Developing effective and employee led absence polices to achieve lasting change
  • Championing flexible working to improve flexibility, motivation and reduce sickness absence
  • Practical and legal guidance on managing employee short and long-term sickness absence including return to work, dismissal and its alternatives
  • Understanding what is a disability in law and avoiding discrimination claims
  • Business benefits of an effective workplace health and wellbeing strategy
  • Effective return to work policies and making reasonable adjustments


Overview

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • (Chair) Karen Grave, President, Public Sector People Managers Association
  • Victoria Sapsford, Regional Director - South East, London and East, Acas,
  • Paul Seath, Partner, Employment Department, Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP
  • Jon Hill, Lead Occupational Health and Wellbeing Partner, Anglian Water (IEEP)
  • Ashley Judd, Deputy Director of Workforce, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tabitha Jay, Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
  • Joe Loftus, Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

      About the event:

      Health related absence has an adverse effect on individual, business and the economy. With a rising culture of ‘presenteeism’ and ‘leavism’, which can be more harmful for individuals and organisations than sickness absence, it is vital to properly investigate and address the causes of this unhealthy behaviours.

      Westminster Insight's half-day briefing on Reducing Employee Absenteeism will provide delegates with crucial information and practice around developing effective health and wellbeing strategies, motivating and supporting your workforce and reducing cost.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Networking and Tea and Coffee

 

09:30 - 09:45
Chairman’s Extended Opening Remarks

 
Update on Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace and Ways to Reduce Staff Absence

Speakers

Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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09:45 - 10:15
Managing Employee Sickness Effectively and Promoting Attendence

 
  • Developing and implementing clear policies for managing sickness absence
  • Training and motivating your workforce to closely monitor absence and instilling confidence to provide appropriate support
  • Carrying out robust return to work interviews
  • Developing evidence based understanding of presenteeism and leavism to improve employee wellbeing

Speakers

Victoria Sapsford Regional Director - South East, London and East, Acas

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10:15 - 10:25
Questions and Discussion

 

10:25 - 10:55
Understanding the Legal Requirements and Challenges around Reducing Employee Absence

 
  • Exploring full employment implications of long-term absence for employer and an employee
  • Knowing the employment law to make fully informed decisions regarding an employee's ability to perform their normal contractual role
  • Understanding the criteria to follow in classifying disability in legal terms and complying with your duties under the Equality Act 2010
  • Making reasonable adjustments and supporting back into work
  • Legal grounds for dismissal

Speakers

Paul Seath Partner, Employment Department, Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP

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10:55 - 11:05
Questions and Discussion

 

11:05 - 11:25
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:25 - 11:55
Applying People Centric Approach to Tackling Sickness Absence and Transforming Culture

 
  • Developing and implementing a new attendance policy: a new approach to people management
  • Creating a policy that is person centered and valued - outcomes over processes
  • Engaging your workforce (not just managers) on attendance

Speakers

Ashley Judd Deputy Director of Workforce, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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11:55 - 12:05
Questions and Discussion

 

12:05 - 12:35
Addressing the Needs of a Diverse and Widespread Workforce and Creating a Healthy Workplace to Ensure a Better Attendance

 
  • Developing and implementing a confidential and round-the-clock employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • Linking all wellbeing initiatives with goals for diversity and inclusion, creating an open, healthy and supportive environment across the board
  • Creating a bespoke action plan to meet the needs of each individual employee
  • Driving an open and inclusive work culture and promoting attendance

Speakers

Jon Hill Lead Occupational Health and Wellbeing Partner, Anglian Water

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12:35 - 12:45
Questions and Discussion

 

12:45 - 12:50
Chairman’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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Jon Hill Lead Occupational Health and Wellbeing Partner, Anglian Water

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Tabitha Jay Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)

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Ashley Judd Deputy Director of Workforce, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Joe Loftus Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Victoria Sapsford Regional Director - South East, London and East, Acas

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Paul Seath Partner, Employment Department, Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP

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Venue details

Central London


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