Registration and coffee
Discrimination: Hints, Tips and Solution-Focused Answers for Public Sector Employers
Thu 14 June 2018
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
Answers to 9 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 of the UK's Most Sought-After Lawyers
5 hrs CPD
£249 + VAT
Discrimination: Hints, tips and solution-focused answers for public sector employers
Chaired by: Sarah Keeble of Mishcon de Reya
Sarah is immensely experienced, a great communicator and at the forefront of developments. She acted in the landmark Grant Hogben age discrimination litigation.
When is it reasonable to draw the line under frequent short-term absences due to an underlying mental health condition?
Answered by: Allison Cook of VWV
Allison continues to impress with her stellar employment practice. She knows the law inside out and is particularly skilled at advising publicly-funded employers.
After you've made reasonable adjustments, what are your options if you see (1) no improvement in performance or (2) improvement, but not that much?
Answered by: Simon Cheetham QC
Simon is a veteran when it comes to hotly contested discrimination cases. He is author of "Age Discrimination - the Law" and sits as an Employment Tribunal judge.
In the spotlight of sexual harassment in the workplace, what is the correct response to a complaint, especially one that is historical?
Answered by: Emma Burrows of Trowers & Hamlins
Emma is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." She is a popular commentator on HR issues, appearing frequently in the Press and on TV/Radio.
How do you handle a disciplinary in which an employee suddenly informs you of an undisclosed (potentially undiagnosed) disability?
Answered by: Paul Strelitz of Hardwicke
Paul is a "standout rising star" and "problem-solver" who has particular "strength in discrimination cases." His Clients include Cambridge colleges and local authorities.
How at-risk are you of a claim if an employee is "perceived" to be disabled by colleagues e.g. continually sad and so perceived to be anxious or depressed?
Answered by: David Whincup of Squire Patton Boggs
David is a "leading light" and highly gifted public speaker. He always gives far more than is required when assisting HR clients. "He seems to know everything."
Return to work
When diagnosis and time-frame for recovery are not certain, how many "false dawns" of a return to work do you allow a disabled employee who’s on long-term sick leave?
Answered by: Mark Landon of Weightmans
Mark takes a "creative approach and is especially helpful if you have something tricky to deal with." He is a trustee of the disability charity, Changing Faces.
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