One of My Employees Is Stressed, Often Absent and My Business Is Suffering! What Can I do Without Being Subjected to a Claim?

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    Squire Patton Boggs, Level 17, Aurora Place, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

    In Australia, one in five adults experience a mental illness in any given year. Worryingly, absenteeism from work and stress-related workers compensation claims are on the increase and many employers are unaware of how to manage the risks in their workplace and navigate the complexities that invariably arise when an employee develops a mental illness.

    In light of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018, the final seminar in our 2018 Labour & Employment Seminar Series will focus on providing legal and practical advice to employers and HR professionals on managing stressed and/or mentally unwell employees in the workplace.

    During this seminar, we will discuss practical tips and solutions to the following common questions:

    • My employee has been absent for two weeks with a GP medical certificate that states they are “unfit for work”. How long can they remain absent from work and what evidence can I ask for to manage their return? 
    • My employee seems depressed, is no longer performing well and the business is suffering. How can I manage their performance and/or terminate their employment?
    • I have received bullying complaints about a manager whom I suspect might be suffering from depression. How can I conduct a proper investigation of the complaints without exposing the business to legal risks?
    • Our business is busy and the environment is stressful at times. What are my legal obligations and how can we minimise the risk of work-related mental conditions such as stress?
    • How can I support an employee whom I suspect is suffering from a serious mental health condition but now wants to return to work?
    We will also take a look at the decisions in some recent and milestone cases, to demonstrate the different types of claims that may arise in relation to the issues and scenarios outlined above, and the broad areas of legal risk for employers in relation to mental health issues, in particular:
    • Duty of care of employers
    • Health and safety
    • Discrimination
    • General protection claims (including adverse action)
    • Unfair dismissal
    If you or any of your colleagues would like to attend, please register any interested parties using the “Register” button above.