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Acas conference: Terminal illness in the workplace


Many employees will have some kind of serious illness throughout their working lives, requiring time off to obtain treatment or recover. However, for some there is no effective treatment.

Join Acas and leading experts as we consider terminal illness and the impact it can have in the workplace. We will focus on the legal obligations for employers and good practice for managing and supporting staff diagnosed with a terminal illness and their colleagues.

Business need

Individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness experience emotional stress, fear and uncertainty. The nature of their illness may prevent them from working again. Some may choose to stop working altogether and spend their remaining time with family and friends. Others may wish to continue working for as long as they can.

It is therefore important for employers to be prepared, to be mindful of the sensitivities and understand the legal obligations when managing staff with a terminal illness.

Delegates attending this conference will hear from a range of guest speakers and gain an understanding of the impact terminal illness can have on employees and their colleagues. They will also learn of the legal obligations for employers and receive good practice guidance for handling emotions and having difficult conversations.

Delegates will have the opportunity throughout the event to engage with supporting charities and organisations who help employers discover new ways to support their employees facing terminal illness or caring for dependents with a terminal illness.

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:

  • Lee Barron; Regional Secretary, TUC - Dying to Work Campaign
  • Steve Williams; Equality Specialist, Alstom – Managing bereavement in the workplace
  • Lachlan Wilson; Barrister, 3PB Barristers
  • Sue Grogan; Managing Director, Joined up Work
  • Emma Jones; Head of HR Shared Services, Interserve
  • Kirsty Hunt; Training and Consultancy Manager, Cruse Bereavement Care

More guest speaker details to be added shortly.

Venue Maple House, ETC Venues   Map (opens in new window)   Date 05/12/2018    Time 09:30 - 14:00   
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.