Manage legal HR risks, workplace mental health scenarios, return-to-work processes through the Covid-19 pandemic



Brisbane| Tuesday 17 November 2020 (ONLINE)
Sydney | Tuesday 24th November 2020 
Perth | Thursday 19th November 2020 
ONLINE (2 half days) | 25th –26th November 2020 

The requirements for managing ill and injured employees have never been more complex for employers as they have been through the Covid-19 environment. Dealing with employees who are medically unfit or injured puts employers at risk of a tangle of legal issues around health and safety, discrimination, dismissals, sick and pandemic leave entitlements and compensation laws.

This one-day course is a practical review of legal obligations and options for managing employees with medical conditions including insights into relevant case decisions. 
• Receive expert advice on how new cases clarify various legal requirements for managing ill and injured workers 
Gain insights into your obligations and compliance risks as an employer: The risks and pitfalls  
Devise practical strategies to avoid liabilities associated with managing ill and injured employees in a variety of common and covid-19 scenarios 
• Understand what is required when illness and injury affect the employment relationship and ability of the employee to do their work 
Guided steps to design and implement successful return-to work processes through & beyond the Covid-19 environment 
• What you should do if the employee refuses to co-operate, and dealing with medical evidence 
To manage these complex workplace situations effectively and ensure that both business needs and employees’ rights are met, it is essential for employers, safety, Occupational Health and HR managers to keep up-to-date with the latest legislative changes, new case law, and proven strategies for managing ill and injured employers – or risk becoming exposed when challenged under the law. 
Specialist employment, workplace health and safety law firm Kingston Reid will facilitate the 7th annual Managing Ill & Injured Employees workshop.  


Emily Baxter

Senior Associate

Kingston Reid

Emily is a labour, employment and safety lawyer. She assists private and public clients across various industries including the construction, labour hire, manufacturing, government, transport, financial services, health, welfare, disability services and energy industries. Emily advises clients on all aspects of employment law providing, strategic, thorough and pragmatic options. She is an experience litigator in both state and federal courts and tribunals acting for clients in a range of contentious employment and industrial matters. She also regularly prepares and presents training sessions and programs for clients including people management and industrial relations skills.  

Katie Sweatman


Kingston Reid

Katie practices in employment relations matters, including dismissal and grievance handling, industrial relations and workplace safety. With a strong focus on regulation and compliance, Katie works with businesses to identify risk areas and to implement practical industrial and common law workplace arrangements. In addition to advising and supporting employers during periods of change, Katie regularly acts for employers in litigious and industrial matters in the Fair Work Commission and advises proactively on day to day employment issues.

Kathryn Maric

Special Counsel

Kingston Reid

Kathryn is an experienced industrial relations, employment and workplace health and safety lawyer. She has extensive industrial relations experience including responsibility for developing and implementing enterprise bargaining and industrial action response strategies, as well as leading bargaining for enterprise agreements. Kathryn is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts and tribunals, including in relation to unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination, employee entitlements and contractual disputes. 

Lucy Shanahan


Kingston Reid

Lucy helps clients create a better future for their businesses by helping them successfully navigate their most difficult and complex employee issues and industrial challenges. She is an experienced investigator and is regularly engaged to facilitate and report on complex and sensitive employment-related investigations. A highly experienced litigator, Lucy assists clients on a range of contentious employment and industrial relations issues including bargaining, industrial action, unfair dismissal, bullying claims, actions by senior executives, and post-employment restraint matters.  Lucy has extensive experience as a trainer and highly regarded for her strong communication skills and engaging presentation style. 

Miriam Power

Special Counsel

Kingston Reid

Miriam has 20 years’ experience practising in employee relations and industrial relations law. Her advice and representation is practical, commercial and outcome-focused. She believes that early intervention into employee grievances or disputes often prevents matters escalating into litigious claims. When matters become litigious, Miriam is an experienced advocate for organisations across diverse industry sectors in federal and state courts and tribunals and has been recognised in Best Lawyers for Labour and Employment Law (2021) 

Why Attend: 

  • Meeting key legal obligations and responsibilities to manage ill and injured employees through and beyond the Covid-19 HR landscape 
  • Mental health: considerations relating to workplace stress, WFH isolation/loneliness, bullying, and managing illness 
  • Understanding your obligations under relevant policies 
  • Managing return-to-work through Covid-19 
  • Navigating the complexities of gathering and using medical information 
  • Adopting guidelines relevant for your state 
  • Dealing with medical incapacity: factors, process, risks and remedies 
  • What to do when in doubt about legitimacy of illness or injury claims 
  • Running fair investigations 
  • Reviewing relevant legislation and gaining case law insight 

Who Should Attend:

People who are responsible for managing employees, workplace conflict, disciplinary processes, investigations and terminations including: 
  • Safety Managers, Directors, GMs 
  • Occupational Health & Safety Managers & Advisors 
  • Injury Management professionals 
  • Human Resources Managers & Advisors 
  • HR Directors and General Managers 
  • Wellbeing and Wellness Managers 
  • Workplace Rehabilitation Managers Employee Relations Managers 
  • People & Culture Managers 
  • HR Business Partners 
  • Line Managers/Supervisors/ Team Leaders 
  • In-house Counsel 
  • Risk managers 
    From across all industries and Government 



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The Manging Ill & Injured Workshop will take place in a premium hotel venue in each location's CBD.