Westminster Business Forum

Disability in the workplace - removing barriers to recruitment and progression, creating inclusive workplace cultures, and next steps for policy and organisational practice

Morning, Tuesday, 21st January 2020

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


As the new government begins its work, delegates at this conference will examine latest thinking on next steps for policy and organisational practice on what needs to be done to encourage more disabled people into work - and to support and retain disabled employees.


Issues for discussion include:

  • Specific measures to reduce barriers - such as statutory sick pay reform, help for SME employers, and a cross-government approach to disability policy formulation;
  • Inclusive recruitment, and strategies for staff retention - such as workplace adjustments and support in cases when workers become disabled;
  • Concerns about policy targets encouraging short-term employment, and a lack of evidence to support policy choices; and
  • The effectiveness of programmes such as Disability Confident and Access to Work.

Speakers

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department for Work and Pensions, and;
  • Neil Heslop, Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Cheshire.

Further confirmed speakers include: Sigrid Fisher, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion; Esi Hardy, Celebrating Disability; Abigail Hirshman, Acas; Professor Kim Hoque, University of Warwick; Kamran Mallick, Disability Rights UK; Sonali Parekh, Federation of Small Businesses; Gareth Parry, Remploy.


The agenda

  • Government policy on work and disability - providing greater workplace support for disabled employees;
  • Evaluating policy and progress made towards reaching government targets - latest thinking on what more needs to be done to increase the number of disabled people in work;
  • Reimagining the workplace - overcoming barriers to progression of disabled people in work;
  • Responsibilities and actions - what needs to be done to move forward in increasing opportunities for disabled people in work;
  • The next steps for policy development and implementation; and
  • Case studies: successfully creating inclusive workplace cultures - normalising disability, communicating with and retaining disabled employees, and ensuring routes to progression.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Business Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; Crown Prosecution Service; DfE; DHSC; DIT; DWP; Education and Skills Funding Agency; FCO; Government Equalities Office; Government Legal Department; HMRC; Home Office; HSE; MoD; MoJ; NAO and Ofcom.



Keynote Speakers

Neil Heslop

Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Cheshire

Justin Tomlinson MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department for Work and Pensions

Keynote Speakers

Neil Heslop

Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Cheshire

Justin Tomlinson MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department for Work and Pensions

Chairs

Lord Low

Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability

Joanne Preston

Chair, Ministry of Defence London Disability Network

Speakers

Professor Kim Hoque

Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick

Esi Hardy

Managing Director, Celebrating Disability

Sonali Parekh

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

Abigail Hirshman

Deputy Area Director, Acas

Sigrid Fisher

Relationship Manager, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Kamran Mallick

Chief Executive Officer, Disability Rights UK

Stuart Moore

Project Coordinator, NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard

Gareth Parry

Chief Executive Officer, Remploy