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

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will discuss what needs to be done to encourage more disabled people into work, and to support and retain disabled employees - looking at the roles of government and employers.


Issues for discussion include:


  • Specific measures aimed at reducing barriers such as statutory sick pay reform, help for SME employers, and a cross-government approach to disability policy formulation;
  • Organisational best practice including inclusive recruitment, and measures to help 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:


  • Tabitha Jay, Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care; and
  • Neil Heslop, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire.

Further confirmed speakers include: Esi Hardy, Managing Director, Celebrating Disability; Professor Kim Hoque, Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Warwick; Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK; Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses; Gareth Parry, Chief Executive, Remploy and Paul Smyth, Head of Digital Accessibility, Barclays.


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.



Keynote Speakers

Tabitha Jay

Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care

Neil Heslop

Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire

Keynote Speakers

Neil Heslop

Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire

Tabitha Jay

Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care

Speakers

Professor Kim Hoque

Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Warwick

Esi Hardy

Managing Director, Celebrating Disability

Paul Smyth

Head of Digital Accessibility, Barclays

Sonali Parekh

Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

Kamran Mallick

CEO, Disability Rights UK

Gareth Parry

Chief Executive, Remploy