Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is extensive.
Each case of sickness absence presents its own particular challenges. Is the reason for the absence pregnancy related? Is any aspect of the pregnant employee’s work contributing to their illness or absence? Should all aspects of the sickness absence procedure be disregarded?
In XpertHR’s 60-minute webinar at 2pm on Wednesday 24 April, Jo Broadbent, counsel knowledge lawyer at law firm Hogan Lovells, will tackle these issues and more. The webinar will cover:
- the statutory provisions on sickness and health and safety during pregnancy;
- the extent of the entitlement to pay during sickness absence; and
- practical guidance on handling sensitive conversations and the steps that can be taken to support an employee during traumatic situations, such as miscarriages and stillbirths.
The webinar includes a Q&A session. Register now to submit your questions.
Jo Broadbent is a counsel knowledge lawyer in the employment team at law firm Hogan Lovells. In addition to keeping clients and the team up to date with legal developments, she has extensive experience of developing and presenting internal and external client training courses and workshops. Jo is chair of the Employment Lawyers Association training committee. She is a co-author of the book “Informing and consulting employees: the new law” and frequently writes articles for the HR and legal press. She has a particular interest in shared parental leave and other family-friendly rights.