Managing Sickness Absence

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Thu, 27th Feb 2020
London (National)
Venue Address:
BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9JP
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Managing Sickness Absence
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Fee: £250 + VAT. There is a 50% discount for the voluntary sector, pupil barristers, barristers under 2 years call or a 30% out-of-region discount  on the full fee, with no booking deadline.

A one day course organised by the Employment Lawyers Association

This one-day course will look at the full range of legal and practical issues surrounding sickness absence, from both the employer and employee perspective.  The morning session will focus on the legal issues, with the afternoon sessions examining some of the knotty practical issues which often arise.


Morning chair: Harriet Bowtell, Jones Chase Employment Lawyers and member of ELA Training Committee

9.30am Registration and tea/coffee

10.00am  Caselaw update on disability discrimination
Safia Tharoo, 42 Bedford Row

  • Actual and constructive knowledge of disability
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • "arising from" discrimination – what causation is required?
  • Time limits in disability discrimination claims
  • Reasonable adjustments before the Tribunal

11.00am PHI and employment rights: the latest developments
Oliver Isaacs, Old Square Chambers

11.40am Tea/coffee

12.00pm  Sick pay:  navigating tricky issues in contractual and statutory sick pay
Karen Baxter, Lewis Silkin

  • SSP: detailed guidance
  • Employer-caused absence and sick pay
  • Sick pay and reasonable adjustments
  • Proposals for reform

1.00pm Lunch

Afternoon chair: Alexandra Mizzi, Howard Kennedy and member of ELA Training Committee

2.00pm Obtaining medical evidence
Karen Jackson, Didlaw and Dr Rob Hampton, GP and Occupational Physician with RHHMedical (

  • Reports from the employee's doctors – pros and cons, AMRA
  • Reports from occupational health and employer-appointed doctors:
    • What can/can't they advise on?
    • What should employers ask?
    • Traps to avoid
  • Employee perspective:  how much information to disclose, whether to give access to medical records, what is reasonable and what isn't.
  • Dealing with non-cooperative employees
  • Data protection and privacy 

3.30pm  Tea/coffee

3.50pm Discussions about adjustments
Nigel Mackay, Leigh Day and Jane Amphlett, Howard Kennedy LLP

  • Tactical issues: when should employee disclose and how much should the employer ask?
  • Agreeing reasonable adjustments: strategies for employer and employee

4.45pm  Close of course