World Mental Health day takes place in October and to mark it, Irwin Mitchell, in partnership with Anj Handa Associates, would like to invite you to an employment law seminar with a difference.
A CBI survey published in July this year revealed that despite the UK having made progress on the average levels of employee absence, the total direct cost (sick pay, cost of temporary cover, lost output), still costs the UK economy £14bn. This figure does not take into account indirect costs such as a reduction in team morale or productivity. The survey also found that non work-related mental conditions, such as anxiety, stress and depression remain the main cause of long-term sickness absence and that 30% of working time in the UK is lost as a result of this type of absence.
In the seminar, we will discuss two case studies to help businesses understand the legal requirements of dealing with mental health sickness absence. We will offer practical advice on how to spot the signs and handle difficult conversations in order to prevent absence; and outline what you need to consider when conducting performance management and redundancy discussions. You will also receive a guide produced by Anj Handa Associates entitled ‘Taking the Stress out of Absence Management’ which provides an overview of topics that we will discuss during the session.