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Disability Discrimination Advice for HR professionals

15th March 2021 by Robin Watson

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Laceys’ Head of Employment & HR, Robin Watson spoke to the Wessex Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on Thursday 11 March. CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development.

Around 100 HR professionals attended the talk which focussed on Disability Discrimination. Robin provided key tips and practical advice on the common areas where these type of claims can arise.

‘I wanted to do something different, rather than just tell people about recent cases and what judges have said. Often, that makes it hard for HR professionals to know how to apply what they have heard to their day-to-day work.’ explained Robin.

‘By giving real and practical tips and help, based on my own experience of helping clients and key cases, I hope that immediate reviews can be made to policies and processes of those who attended.’ said Robin.

‘HR can be a lonely and difficult role and especially when a complex issue like disability is in play’ Robin continued. The talk was a reflection of how I try to provide practical and clear advice to clients and support them as best that I can.’ said Robin.

Robin was joined by employment barrister and part-time employment judge, Stephen Wyeth, of 3 Paper Buildings. Stephen talked about reasonable adjustments and claims that can arise from a disability.

The talk was very well received and it is intended that a follow-up talk will be arranged shortly with Robin and Stephen, to discuss the important issue of neurodiversity in the workplace.

Some of the highlights of the talk were:

  • The importance of having a trusted specialist advisor before a claim arises
  • Making sure that you take time to talk to your advisor regularly
  • Ensuring that all meetings are documented and shared with the employee
  • Taking appropriate Occupational Health advice regularly
  • Understanding the risks of a disability claim arising

Robin is always happy to talk to HR professionals about employment law, HR strategy and claims.

If you would like any further information please contact Robin Watson in confidence on 01202 755204 or email r.watson@laceyssolicitors.co.uk

Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

Direct dial: 01202 755202

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“Robin provided excellent and honest support during an incredibly difficult time. Robin's advice and knowledge were exceptional as was the compassion shown towards me throughout this process.”

Christine Stafford

Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law advising employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

In addition, Robin completed a demanding course and examination process and qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate early on in his career. This entitles Robin to appear in all civil courts and enhances the service he can provide to clients.

Robin is able to bring his previous experience in management outside of the law and also, understands the real demands and issues involved in HR. Robin takes responsibility for the HR of Laceys which includes circa. 100 employees and so has experienced what it is really like to deal with frontline HR issues and his clients genuinely benefit from that. It enables Robin to give practical and clear advice based on real experience, as well as utilising his legal knowledge and experience.

Robin has advised and represented a national hotel and restaurant group concerning multiple redundancies and general ongoing employment law/HR support and also recently advised and represented a financial services organisation in a High Court contractual dispute.

Robin has previously advised a local charity regarding potential pay claims and represented a senior charity executive.

As part of his service Robin likes to provide training to his clients and their HR teams.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately, Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

To find out more about Robin becoming Partner and why he chose to specialise in Employment law click here;

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