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2017 Autumn/Winter Courses

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HOW TO MANAGE SICKNESS ABSENCE

Date: 1st August
Course Length: Half Day

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Why should I book this course?

Because a happy, healthy workforce is essential for a well-functioning business.

Sickness absence, whether long-term or repeated short-term, can be one of the trickiest problems for employers to handle.  If handled badly, these issues can find their way to the employment tribunal as claims for unfair dismissal and/or disability discrimination.

This seminar will provide practical and common-sense advice to guide employers through the legal pitfalls associated with managing sickness absence.


HOW TO CHANGE CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT

Date: 12th September
Course Length: Half Day

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Why should I book this course?

Because changing contracts of employment can be a minefield.

There may be several occasions over the course of an employment relationship, where an employer needs to make changes to their employees’ terms of employment.

Sometimes, this can be very straightforward.  However, when the proposed changes are controversial or unpopular with your staff, making changes can become a tricky issue, with serious and potentially expensive consequences for getting it wrong.


HOW TO MANAGE PERFORMANCE

Date: 10th October
Course Length: Half Day

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Why should I book this course?

Because successful performance management is key to a successful business.

Employers should not be afraid of performance management.  Provided that it is managed correctly and carried out in a fair and consistent way, the risk of claims is slim.

This seminar is designed to give line managers and supervisors the confidence to deal with underperformance, to get the very best from every single employee which will ultimately benefit the business.


DISCRIMINATION AWARENESS: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR STAFF

Date: 24th October
Course Length: Half Day

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Why should I book this course?

Because you cannot afford not to. In the current social and legal climate, discrimination awareness training for all of your staff is an absolute must.

As an employer, you are potentially liable for acts of discrimination of your staff.  Discrimination claims in the employment tribunal are typically risky, time-consuming and expensive, whether you win or lose.  Even if they don’t reach the tribunal, allegations of discrimination alone can be enormously damaging to staff morale, productivity and the wider reputation of your business.

Training your staff is one very positive step that you can take, not only towards protecting yourself against the risk of such claims, but also towards making equality and diversity a reality in your workplace.


HOW TO HANDLE DISCIPLINE, DISMISSAL AND GRIEVANCES

Date: 21st November
Course Length: Half Day

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Why should I book this course?

Because you need to know the ACAS Code.

The ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance (“the ACAS Code”) sets the benchmark for best practice when dealing with conduct, capability and grievance issues in the workplace.

Employment tribunals take the Code very seriously and have the power to increase compensation by up to 25% where employers have not followed the Code’s recommendations.

This seminar will help you understand exactly what you need to do when dealing with disciplinary matters or grievances to ensure that a tribunal will understand and agree with the steps you have taken and the decisions you have reached.



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…a range of courses for Occupational Health Practitioners which are led by Karen Jackson who has taught hundreds of OHPs over the past 8 years. They include:

  • Assessing disability (the definition and the relevant time for assessment)
  • Preparing Medical Reports on Disability
  • Reasonable adjustments: how far should they go?
  • Understanding the Reasonable Adjustments Duty in practice