A practical review of legal obligations and options for managing employees with medical conditions including insights into relevant case decisions

 Auckland | 28 November 2017      Wellington | 01 December 2017


Dealing with employees who are sick or injured puts employers at risk of a tangle of legal issues around discrimination, health and safety, dismissals, personal grievances, sick leave entitlements and privacy laws. may lead to unjustified dismissals or personal grievance claims. Managing long-term absenteeism or dealing with suspected sick leave abuse requires procedurally fair investigations. Moreover, a higher degree of sensitivity is required when dealing with employees with mental illness or have been bullied at work.

For instance, termination on the grounds of disability or medical incapacity
To manage these complex workplace situations effectively and ensure that both business needs and employees’ rights are met, it is essential for employers and HR managers to keep up-to-date with the latest legislative changes, new case law, and proven strategies for managing sick and injured employers – or risk becoming exposed when challenged under the law.
New Zealand’s How to Manage Ill & Injured Employees is returning in its third year and will provide insights on the latest legal requirements and best-practice strategies for managing sick or injured employees. Participants will learn how to master policies and contracts that will help in the effective management of the long-term ill and injured, while protecting their organisation from potential legal issues. 
You and your organisation will benefit from:
  • Expert advice on how new cases clarify various legal requirements
  • Insights into employers’ obligations and compliance risks and the pitfalls of failing to act
  • Practical strategies to avoid liabilities associated with managing sick, injured or chronically absent employees
  • What is required when illness and injury affect the employment relationship and ability of the employee to do their work
  • What you should do if the employee refuses to co-operate


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By attending the How to Manage Ill & Injured Employees Workshop, employers, HR and WHS managers will gain a solid understanding of the relevant laws and procedures to manage employees and protect the organisation from severe legal, reputational and financial penalties.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and advice, focusing on case studies and practical steps you can take to work immediately.

  • Understand the legal framework governing ill and injured workers and how to avoid legal pitfalls e.g. discrimination, health and safety laws, unjustified dismissal, sick leave entitlements, accident compensations
  • Leverage on recent case law and crucial decisions – and what these mean for employers
  • Analyse how suspectedsickies” should be dealt with, in a legal way
  • Design and implement a fair and lawful investigation process
  • Identify and eliminate workplace stress factors or incidents that cause mental risks


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

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