Failing to manage ill and injured employees appropriately puts employers at risk of the whole spectrum of employment law

Brisbane | 18 July 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Melbourne | 19 July 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Sydney | 20 July 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Perth | 21 July 2016

The tangle of legal claims arising from the mismanagement of ill and injured employees, including adverse action, discrimination and unfair dismissals, would result in severe reputational and financial damages for both organisation and employers themselves if incidents are not managed properly.
Moreover, a higher degree of sensitivity is required when dealing with people with mental illness or long-term absence. The gathering of medical information or the handling of suspected sick leave abuse have to be dealt with caution – before organisations risk exposure when challenged under the law.
To manage these complex workplace situations effectively and ensure that both business needs and employees’ rights are met, it is essential for employers, HR and WHS managers to keep up-to-date with the latest legislative changes, new case law, and proven strategies for managing ill and injured employers.
For just one day out of the office, the intensive Managing Ill Employees, Absenteeism and Return-to-Work Masterclass will provide you with all the information and practical strategies you need to minimise risks and avoid hefty penalties.  
You and your organisation will benefit from: 
  • Expert advice on how new cases clarify various legal requirements
  • Essential updates of on employers’ legal obligations and compliance risks
  • Practical strategies to avoid liabilities associated with managing ill, injured or chronically absent employees, for instance: Managing long term absenteeism, dismissal for medical incapacity, performance management and gathering medical information
  • How to deal with suspected “sickies” and the investigation process
  • What you should do if the employee refuses to co-operate
  • Guided steps to design and implement successful return-to-work and rehabilitation processes


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By attending the one-day Managing Ill Employees, Absenteeism and Return-to-Work Masterclass, managers will gain a solid understanding of the relevant laws and procedures to manage ill employees, handle absenteeism and facilitate return-to-work in a fair and effective manger.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and advice, focusing on case studies and practical steps you can take to work immediately.
  • Redefine employers’ key responsibilities to manage ill and injured employees in a lawful manner
  • Analyse implications of governing legislation and avoid legal pitfalls e.g. discrimination, adverse action, unfair dismissal, privacy law
  • Leverage on recent case law and crucial decisions – and what these mean for employers
  • Proven strategies for managing long-term employee absence
  • Design and implement a fair and lawful investigation process when dealing with suspected ‘sickies’


Directors, Heads, Specialists and Senior Managers in Human Resources, Employee Relations or Industrial Relations who are responsible for:

  • Human Resources
  • Workplace/ Employment Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Managing ill employees or absenteeism
  • Return-to-Work and Rehabilitation
  • People and Culture
  • Injury Management
  • Learning & Development

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