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1/2 DAY VIRTUAL COURSE: Managing Sick Leave and Absenteeism

This course is full but there is a November session coming up also.

If you are a member of HRNZ, please log in through the HRNZ website to access your member discount.

All pricing includes GST.

Special Fee:

  • HRNZ Member = $297.00
  • Non-member = $367.00

This half-day course will be delivered online via Zoom. It is limited to 25 registrations to ensure you get the most out of this session.

Do you want to learn how to manage increased sick leave entitlements and reduce absenteeism?

Sick leave entitlements have increased under minimum legislation. High rates of sick leave and absenteeism are costly and disruptive for New Zealand employers.

In this live and virtual half day course, address factors that contribute to sick leave, like bullying and stress to reduce the risk of sickness.

Do you have concerns about staff throwing “sickies” and abuse of sick leave?

We will answer questions like: Why should you engage in “carefrontation” with staff? When can you ask for a medical certificate? How can you use staff medical information and comply with privacy laws?

In this practical course, find out how to update your sick leave policies to comply with changes to the law.

When can you require a staff member to take sick leave? We will cover an employer’s obligations to comply with health and safety during COVID-19.

Find out how to manage sick leave for remote workers, including staff isolating or working from home. Discuss ways to encourage staff to take time off when they are sick to reduce presenteeism, which has a huge impact on NZ workforce productivity.

Do you have staff unable to work for long periods due to illness or injury? If your staff are frequently absent from work or on long term sick leave, what can you do?

We will guide you on your legal obligations and best practice, so you can communicate with absent staff, seek medical information, and support their return to work.

If extended sick leave is disrupting the workplace, you are not expected to continue to employ indefinitely.

Find out when and how you can terminate employment for medical incapacity, with case law and examples.

Attendees will receive a digital workbook including activities and can ask questions virtually during the live seminar. This course involves Q&A and activities for you to discuss in small groups. We will explore case studies to show you how to deal with real issues.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited to HR professionals, people managers, and business owners, who want to keep current on changes to sick leave entitlements.

It is useful for anyone who wants to improve the management of sick leave and reduce absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace.

All personal development events are subject to HRNZ Terms and Conditions.

Registrations close 12:00pm Tuesday, 14 September.

Facilitated by Julia Shallcrass - Kiwiboss

Julia Shallcrass is an employment lawyer who specialises in presenting on employment law and HR innovation. Julia upskills people managers and HR professionals on improving legal compliance, workplace culture and productivity.

As director of KiwiBoss, Julia delivers in-house training to organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help create better workplaces. Julia is part of the KiwiBoss team that delivers public courses through HRNZ, and in partnership with Auldhouse, incuding live and virtual courses during COVID-19.

Julia provides online training with new KiwiBoss modules to be released this year. She is a regular webinar presenter for CCH Learning, and subject matter expert for Kineo online training. She is an employment columnist for NZ Herald.

Cancellation Policy

An appropriate substitute participant is welcome any time before the course starts. Please let us know the replacement's name. If you have booked on a member price and a non member is to attend in your place you will be invoiced for the difference in price.

A refund of fees will be made if a cancellation is received in writing at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.

Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date and you are liable for the full cost of attendance at the course.