There has been a general increase in awareness around mental health issues over the past few years (not least in 2020 with the arrival of covid-19). However, when employees have mental health issues, it is not always easy for employers to know how best to deal with the situation and in some cases it can be tricky to strike a balance between supporting the employee and managing the needs of the business.
This session delivered by Mills & Reeve aims to give employers the ability to deal more confidently with situations involving mental health issues in the workplace. It is aimed primarily at anyone in your organisation who has responsibility for HR but it would also be useful for those who have people management responsibility. We will look at the trends we are seeing as employment lawyers (in terms of how we see employers promoting positive mental health and the trend in claims for disability discrimination linked to mental health issues). We will also explore the legal framework which underpins how employers should be dealing with mental health issues. The session will also look at some case studies where we will explore together how to approach a couple of potentially tricky scenarios.
12.30 - 1.30pm
Sara Barrett, Partner, Employment Lawyer
Sara is a partner in the employment team, she provides commercial and pragmatic employment law advice and solutions to commercial businesses of varying sizes from start-ups to multinational PLC’s and brings a wealth of experience from a range of sectors, including Life Sciences.
Sara works with her clients to ensure she understands their specific business needs, their objectives and approach to risk so that she can give tailored advice that suits their needs. Sara works with clients in a collaborative manner to assist with resolving the employment issues that clients face, whether they are strategic business decisions or day to day problems that can distract clients from managing and achieving their core business objectives.
Tom Hasoon, Associate, Employment Lawyer
Tom is a lawyer in the employment, immigration and pensions team. He deals with employee disputes and non-contentious advisory work including Employment Tribunal claims such as unfair and constructive dismissal and discrimination claims. Tom advises clients on a range of employment law queries, providing assistance with non-contentious work, drafting contracts of employment, policies, procedures and settlement agreements. Tom’s client portfolio includes a number of clients in the Private, Government and Healthcare sectors.