Out of Office: Absence Management in the Public Sector

Out of Office: Absence Management in the Public Sector

The purpose of this event is to provide you with expert legal knowledge and practical advice on how to effectively manage absence in your public sector organisation. The event aims to:

  • Provide you with an update on the legal framework surrounding sickness absence management in the public sector, including a case law round up of pertinent cases which will influence your organisation’s sickness management processes.
  • Address the difficulties evident within the public sector in relation to managing different types of absence
  • Reveal and help rectify common mistakes made by HR practitioners in handling complex sickness absence issues. You will receive expert advice on how HR practitioners should handle long term sickness absence, recurrent short periods of absence and absence caused by mental health problems.
  • Advise you on how HR should interact with medical experts in order to achieve the best possible outcome in managing sickness absence issues.
  • Provide definitive explanations and answers to complex questions surrounding the calculation of holiday pay in relation to sickness absence and other forms of absence.

Why is this event important for you?
Recent figures on absenteeism published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) reveal that sickness absence figures in areas of the public sector in Northern Ireland are more than double the UK-wide average and the rate has increased by more than 5% over the last year. The main causes of sickness absence appear to be anxiety, stress, depression and other psychiatric illnesses. With this in mind, it is clear that those involved in absence management and HR strategy within public sector bodies will benefit from the knowledge and advice provided by our experts at this event.

This event is a must for any organisation looking to improve ways in which absence is managed in your organisation with a view to actively reducing absence levels.

Course overview/outline programme:

  • Absence Trends in the Public Sector
  • A ‘Case Law Round-Up’ reviewing key absence-related cases
  • A ‘Practical Guide to Dealing With Stress-Related Absence’
  • ‘How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Dealing with Sickness Absence’
  • Guidelines on Working Time Regulations in relation to absence management
  • ‘How to Reduce Sickness Absence Levels in Your Organisation’

More value from this event
This event includes a presentation and discussion surrounding real-life case studies in both public and private sector organisations in Northern Ireland where significant improvements to absence management processes have been implemented delivering positive outcomes on absence figures. This session will be delivered by employee engagement expert and business psychologist, Nigel McPolin of EX2.

Your pack will include detailed and comprehensive notes to take away after the event.

Worthingtons Solicitors will provide a free 30-minute legal consultation to delegates who sign up for a consultation on the day.

Who is it for?
This event is for HR professionals who are responsible for employment law matters or who are involved in developing absence management strategy within their organisation.

Where and When?
9.20am-4.30pm on 24th May 2018
The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Standard Rate: £495+VAT

Save £20 if you pay online when booking!

Event details


9:20am - 4:30pm


24 May 2018


Merchant Hotel, Belfast


Standard Rate: £495+VAT

Save £20 if you pay online when booking!