Managing ill and injured workers

On Wednesday, 16 March 2016 Frazer Jones in conjunction with Hall & Wilcox Lawyers hosted breakfast a breakfast seminar.

The topic of the seminar was “Tips and Traps for Managing ill and Injured Workers” and the presentation was designed to provide an analysis of the legal risks associated with managing ill and injured employees absent from work with non-work and work related injuries. This area is complex as it involves potential claims under Workers’ Compensation, Discrimination, Unfair dismissal and General Protections.

In addition to providing the legislative framework, a series of recent cases were discussed. In summary, to minimise risk an employer should consider the following:

  • Rights and obligations – understand the rights and obligations of employer and employee, check documents.
  • Communication – keep in touch with ill or injured employees while they are out of the workplace and be clear with them about the process of managing their absence.
  • Take ownership – take ownership of management of the employee – don’t let the issue drag on, communicate with the employee and understand return to work obligations.
  • Evidence - Know what medical evidence you can request and how this helps to manage your risk.
  • Know the inherent requirements of the substantive position.
  • Ensure that you have sufficient medical evidence before moving to dismiss an employee.

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