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Industrial & Workplace Relations Conference

Practical business solutions for HR managers - Closing Loopholes reform and employment law changes.

Tuesday, 28th May 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Thomson Reuters’ IR & Workplace Relations Conference is taking place on 28 May 2024 in Melbourne and Online. The conference will explore and address the key issues in IR and employment law.  

Employers face a multitude of legal challenges as employment laws and policies rapidly evolve, HR professionals need to stay abreast of the latest legal developments and navigate these challenges. A raft of measures is affecting casuals, contractors, gig workers, labour hire, right to flexible work, conducting effective employee investigations, as well as the implications of industrial relations reforms, and the introduction of criminal penalties for ‘wage theft’.

This is a must-attend event for anyone dealing with the grey areas and challenges in employment legislation and regulation.

Event highlights

  1. Changes to labour relationships: casuals, labour hire and the gig workforce. Nick Ruskin, Partner, K L Gates
  2. Preventing employee underpayments: wage theft or payroll mistake and new penalties Secure Pay Jobs Act. Adam Foster, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers
  3. Reducing workplace psychological risk: stress, aggression, bullying. Violence and safeguarding employee well-being – recent amendments. Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks
  4. Positive duty and workplace sexual harassment prevention. Kellie-Ann McDade, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  5. Anticipating changes to the workplace culture: has flexible work become a non-negotiable right? Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth
  6. How to conduct an effective workplace investigation. Joel Zyngier, Principal, Gilchrist Connell
  7. Modern Awards, Enterprise Agreements, and collective bargaining. David Woodman, Partner, MinterEllison
  8. Performance management, disciplinary procedures, terminations and preventing unfair dismissal cases. Madelaine August, Partner, Moray Agnew Lawyers
  9. Best practice in employment agreements. Chris Molnar, Partner, Kennedys

Who should attend?

Human Resources Directors, Human Resource Manager and Advisor
Employee Relations Managers, People & Culture Managers, HR Business Partners
Employment Lawyers
In-house Counsel
Employer Associations & Unions   

For event enquiries, please email eventsanz@thomsonreuters.com

Date & Location

Melbourne
Tuesday, 28th May 2024


Time

9:00 AM – 4:40 PM AEST
Registration opens at 8.30 AM


Cost

Face to face & Online
[ Early bird ] $895+ GST
[ Full price ] $995 + GST
[ Online Price ] $800 + GST


6 CPD points

Conference agenda

8:30AM

Registration opens

9:00AM

Welcome from the Chair

Melissa Scadden, Managing Partner, Justitia Lawyers & Consultants

9:05AM 

Changes to Labour Relationships: casuals, labour hire and the gig workforce.

What the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing the Loopholes) Bill 2023

  • - Casual employee pathways implications and practical tips
  • - Advantages and disadvantages of engaging a contractor for labour-hire.
  • - Labour hire agreements and avoiding the pitfalls of “sham” contracting.
  • - Gig economy and transport worker employment changes from FWC


Nick Ruskin, Partner, K L Gates

9:45 AM

Preventing employee underpayments: wage theft or payroll mistake and new penalties Secure Pay Jobs Act

There is a spate of recent high-profile wage underpayments cases have shown that no industry is immune from lost wages. Whether instances of underpayment are deliberate, misinterpretation of Australia’s complex awards or payroll function error, organisations need to protect themselves from wage underpayment risk:

  • - New penalties Secure Pay Jobs Act
  • - Practical considerations in employee underpayments
  • - Criminalisation of wage theft in Queensland and Victoria
  • - Implications for accessorial liability for wage theft for managers


Adam Foster, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

10:25AM

Networking and refreshment break

10:50AM

Reducing workplace psycho-social risk: stress, aggression, bullying. Violence and safeguarding employee well-being – recent amendments

  • - Recent amendments across the states and territories
  • - Changes to model WHS laws by SafeWork Australia
  • - Enforcement and penalties by WHS regulators
    •        - Work-related stress
    •        - Bullying and harassment
    •        - Workplace violence
    •        - Organisational culture and leadership
    •        - Work-life balance and workload
  • - Employers’ obligations for psycho-social signs and symptoms


Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks

11:30AM

Anticipating changes to the workplace culture: has flexible work become a non-negotiable right?

  • - Recent changes to working from home and encouraging employees to return to workplace
  • - Employee privacy
  • - Right to Disconnect Bill to the National Employment Standards
  • - Determining ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ additional hours 


Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth

12:10PM

Lunch and networking break

1:00PM

Positive duty and workplace sexual harassment prevention

  • - Outlining the key reforms to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace
  • - Case examples of sexual harassment claims in the Fair Work Commission
  • - Update on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s enforcement of the positive duty
  • - Strategies for implementing a preventative approach in the workplace
    - What’s next – additional recommendations from the Respect@Work report


Kellie-Ann McDade, Partner, Baker McKenzie

1:40PM

 How to conduct an effective workplace investigation

  • - Reviewing complaints, investigations, and disciplinary action processes
  • - Undertaking compliance reviews of existing systems, policies, and procedures


Joel Zyngier, Principal, Gilchrist Connell

2:20PM

Performance management, disciplinary procedures, terminations and preventing unfair dismissal cases.

  • - Restructuring and redundancies: difficult decisions ahead
  • - Performance management, disciplinary procedures
  • - Attending to serious misconduct
  • - Termination and preventing unfair dismissal cases.
  • - Lessons from recent court decisions


Madelaine August, Partner, Moray Agnew Lawyers

3:00PM

Networking and refreshment break

3:20PM

Modern Awards, Enterprise Agreements, and collective bargaining

  • - Drafting single-enterprise, multi-enterprise, and Greenfields agreements
  • - Preparing essential statutory documents
  • - Negotiating with trade unions
  • - Arbitration in the Fair Work Commission
  • - Update on Modern Awards


David Woodman, Partner, MinterEllison

4:00PM

Best practice in employment agreements

  • - Including providing short- or long-term labour hire from a labour supplier or individual workers; giving advice to host firms and agencies regarding labour agreements; mitigating statutory liability risk to companies and agencies; and advising on the benefits and risks of labour hire.
  • - Preventing unfair dismissal cases


Chris Molnar, Partner, Kennedys

4:40 PM

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR AND END OF CONFERENCE

Speakers

Melissa Scadden
Managing Partner, Justitia Lawyers & Consultants

 

Nick Ruskin
Partner, K L Gates

 

Adam Foster
Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

Catherine Dunlop
Partner, Maddocks

Erin Hawthorne
Partner, Seyfarth

Kellie-Ann McDade
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Joel Zyngier
Principal, Gilchrist Connell

Madelaine August
Partner, Moray Agnew Lawyers

David Woodman
Partner, MinterEllison

Chris Molnar
Partner, Kennedys