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Progressive illness and the workplace


Join Acas East Midlands and guest speakers as we consider the impact progressive illness can have in the workplace. We will explore the legal obligations for employers, as well as good practice for supporting staff at a time when they need you the most.

Business need

When an individual is diagnosed with a condition that is progressive or life threatening, they might worry about telling their employer. Equally their employer or colleagues may want to provide them with support but worry about doing or saying the wrong thing.

Research from Carers Trust reports that one in eight workers have caring responsibilities. Offering a flexible working approach could enable carers to carry on working effectively, improve service delivery and increase staff morale among many other benefits.

An employer can often be an important source of support for an employee. It is therefore important for employers to be prepared and mindful of the sensitivities and understand the legal obligations when managing staff with a progressive illness or caring responsibilities.

Delegates attending this conference will gain a clear understanding of the legislation surrounding supporting staff with a progressive illness or caring responsibilities, and the benefits and implications for employers who don’t. Delegates will also receive good practice guidance on the most effective approaches for supporting staff with a progress illness or caring responsibilities.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This conference will include the following guest speaker sessions:

Neil Barker, Macmillan Cancer Support - An introduction to the issues faced by people living with cancer whilst working, to enable HR and line managers to provide more effective support.

Lee Barron, TUC ‘Dying to Work’ campaign – the most effective methods that employers can take to support staff, including real life examples of less supportive approaches.

Case study – a local employer success story.

Sue Grogan; Managing Director of Joined-Up Work – the key responsibilities for employers managing staff with caring responsibilities.

Clare Ward, Eversheds Sutherland Solicitors – the key legislation employers need to be aware of when managing staff with a progressive illness or caring duties.

Venue St Andrews   Map (opens in new window)   Date 23/01/2019    Time 09:30 - 13:00   
Price £105.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.