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Holding Hands

Manage Legal HR risks, Workplace Mental Health Scenarios, Performance Issues, Return-to-Work Processes and Claims  

Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau


 23rd May 2024


30th May 2024

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Addressing performance-related issues or conducting workplace investigations usually signals a significant problem, demanding a prompt and effective resolution. The pressure to act swiftly arises both internally and externally within the organisation. However, complications arise when these issues involve an employee grappling with mental health issues. Navigating the complexities of mental health situations poses significant challenges for employers, especially in the current landscape, where the cost-of-living crisis has compelled some employees to take on additional work, extend their hours, and seek pay increases due to the far-reaching impact of the crisis. This adds another layer of difficulty to an already intricate scenario. 

Such challenges are becoming more prevalent, carrying legal and organisational risks. The scrutiny from the workplace, courts, tribunals, and the media on the organisational response is immediate, rigorous, and complex, elevating the stakes for the organisation on multiple fronts. 

Responding to performance-related issues or conducting investigations, especially when intertwined with the respectful, professional, and legal treatment of employees with mental health issues, demands a unique skill set. Frequently, those tasked with managing these processes lack practical experience in handling the emotional and technical complexities associated with such situations. 

Why Attend?

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The Managing Mental Health Risks in the Workplace Workshop provides participants with the ability to practically apply a hypothetical scenario (based on current case law) from start to finish, including the provision of: letters, process documents (which participants will tailor for their own organisational requirements throughout the training), and a role-play under the guidance of an experienced senior lawyer to test implementation throughout the training. The focus will be upon creating a 'real-life experience' for participants. 

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"I really liked how it was presented, the instructiveness with the participants was great. Having a lawyer's perspective is always really great to ensure you are on the right track especially navigating complex mental health issues. Hearing about what others are experiencing or doing across organisations in different sectors is also really interesting"
Senior Advisor, People and Capabilty, Electricity Authority 


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Appropriately receive, respond to and manage performance management issues and complaints that require investigations where the respondent has a mental health issue 

Identify and implement the most effective response action for better organisational outcomes and lower legal risks 

Learn and apply the most effective processes for psychological safety

Create tailored templates for your business to apply into the future for similar matters and train others in your team

Develop and hone existing skills through practicing a hypothetical case study and solving common issues and hazards

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Who Should Attend?

People who are responsible for managing employees, workplace conflict, disciplinary processes, investigations and terminations including:

Who should attend?


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