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Social Media - Jennifer Millins, Mishcon de Reya

Social Media - Jennifer Millins, Mishcon de Reya Using grey area examples, where is the line between an employee's personal life and bringing the organisation into disrepute, e.g. inappropriate comments or behaviour on Facebook or TikTok?

Bullying (NTS) - Amanda Steadman, Brahams Dutt Badrick French

Bullying (NTS) - Amanda Steadman, Brahams Dutt Badrick French What are your legal and practical options if (1) those being bullied don't want to make a formal complaint, but do 'want it noted' or (2) the bullying is raised on behalf of others informally?

Banter and bias - Maura Connolly, Eugene F. Collins

Banter and bias - Maura Connolly, Eugene F. Collins Is it ever advisable to resolve concerns around banter or unconscious bias informally? Are you always giving a hostage to fortune in the event full-blown claim for discrimination or harassment?

Long-term absence - Jennifer Cashman, Ronan Daly Jermyn

Long-term absence - Jennifer Cashman, Ronan Daly Jermyn Weighing up the risk-based pros and cons, at what point do you dismiss if sick certs are arriving every month, giving no indication of a return to work, and there is no engagement with the company doctor?

Mental health - Ciara McLoughlin, DLA Piper

Mental health - Ciara McLoughlin, DLA Piper If you're facing short-term and sporadic absences because of mental health, how do you balance the competing considerations of support to the individual with business needs and HR objectives?

Mutual severance - Ronnie Neville, Mason Hayes & Curran

Mutual severance - Ronnie Neville, Mason Hayes & Curran How do you control - and overcome - the risks of approaching an individual through a without prejudice' conversation? What can you say and insinuate about the individual's prospects?

Poor attitude - Alison Treliving, Squire Patton Boggs

Poor attitude - Alison Treliving, Squire Patton Boggs How much do you need to put up with before dismissing a technically sound employee because of a persistently poor attitude, e.g. lack of care, ignoring manager requests, undermining others, poor relationships in team?

Bullying and harassment - Naeema Choudry, Eversheds Sutherland

Bullying and harassment - Naeema Choudry, Eversheds Sutherland What do you do - legally and practically - if those being bullied or harassed don't wish to make a formal complaint, complicated by the allegations being unclear and/or about senior management?

Constructive knowledge - Chris Thompson, Gateley

Constructive knowledge - Chris Thompson, Gateley In a capability or disciplinary process, how do you deal with an employee with a drug or alcohol addiction, particularly when there may be an underlying disability?

Dismissal and re-engagement - Angela Brumpton, gunnercooke

Dismissal and re-engagement - Angela Brumpton, gunnercooke Using practical examples, how do you control - and overcome - the risks of running a dismissal and re-engagement process, e.g. when a pay scheme is changing? What counts and what would move a tribunal?

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