How to Manage Ill & Injured Employees and the RTW Process

Brisbane | 24 July (5 seats left)
Sydney | 24 July
Melbourne | 26 July (2 Seats left)
Perth | 26 July (6 seats left)

practical review of legal obligations and options for managing employees with medical conditions including insights into relevant case decisions

Based on feedback from Australian employers, specifically HR Managers in both private and public workplaces across all states, the management of ill and injured employees is one of, if not, the hottest issue they deal with on a constant basis. Even from an employment lawyer and employee relations perspective, there is a significant rise in the number of cases involving an ill or injured worker – we heard recently from a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright that 70%+ of their workload is now on this topic, including that of workplace mental health cases.

Are you also dealing with this workplace issue? If so, how are you ensuring you are up to date on what your employment obligations are? And if you are up to date on the obligations side, which many of you are now, are you actually dealing with each scenario and case individually and with procedural fairness?

Perhaps a review of relevant case examples will help you learn what can and cannot be done in specific cases of employee illness or injury?

This one day workshop on how to manage ill & injured employees and the RTW process returns to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne this July. Unlike the 2016 program, which had one presenter for the whole day course, 2017 will allow you to receive three lawyer perspectives per location, including that of Partners from Norton Rose Fulbright, Clayton Utz and Maddocks, as well as a fourth perspective from RTW specialist consultants, Konekt.

Join us in 2017 to:

  • Receive updates on related national and state legislations, including any worker’s compensation changes
  • Review recent case law and key decisions that highlight different risks associated with the management of an ill or injured employee
  • Understand how to deal with suspected “sickies” and how to possibly challenge the medical certificate and the legitimacy of an illness or injury
  • Learn when it is lawful and reasonable to direct employees to an IME and how

“Valuable masterclass with realistic tools to apply within the workplace. Case law applicable and worthwhile to apply to workplace issues,”
- Injury Management, Metcash
“I really appreciated the practical discussions and real life case study conversations. Very informative and user friendly,”
- Medical Manager, Australia Post


Specific sessions discussed during the workshop include:

Session A: What are our legal obligations and options for managing ill and injured employees during employment?

Session B: How can we obtain and use information about an employee’s medical condition?

Session C: When can we make the decision to terminate an employee’s employment in cases of illness and injuries?

Session D: What are our return to work and rehabilitation obligations for those recovering from illness and injury in our workplace?


Directors, Heads, Specialists and Senior Managers in Human Resources, Employee Relations or Industrial Relations who are responsible for:

  • Human Resources
  • Workplace/ Employment Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Managing ill employees or absenteeism
  • Return-to-Work and Rehabilitation
  • People and Culture
  • Injury Management
  • Learning & Development

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