10th Annual Employment Law Conference
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

The Australian workforce is constantly changing and the challenges facing HR professionals and employment lawyers continue to evolve. This year’s conference examines some of the major themes which have dominated the employment law landscape this year, including personal relationships in the workplace, accessorial liability for franchisors and HR managers, and triangular contracting.  The conference will be opened by Commissioner Leigh Johns OAM of the Fair Work Commission.

Thursday 3 August 2017

Day 1 Chair: Moira Rayner, Principal, Moira Rayner & Associates, Melbourne

Employee Rights and Protections

  • Keynote Address:  The Commission’s Response to the Rise of the Rights-based Litigation – a Employee/Employer Centric Tribunal - Leigh Johns OAM, Commissioner, Fair Work Commission, Melbourne
  • Labour Hire: The Trials and Tribulations of Triangular Contracting - Stephen Woodbury, Partner, Ashurst, Sydney
  • Managing Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace - Mark Howard, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Melbourne
  • Preventing and Managing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace - Sarah Rey, Partner, Justitia, Melbourne
  • Gen Y, Millennials and Workplace Flexibility: How Much Is Enough? - Elizabeth Perry, Partner, EMA Legal, Adelaide

Terminating Employees

  • Performance Management in an Adverse Action Era - Ben Dudley, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia, Sydney
  • Thought Restraints of Trade Were Unenforceable? Think Again! - Murray Procter, Partner, ClarkeKann Lawyers, Brisbane
  • Unfair Dismissal: The Goal Posts Have Shifted - Nick Ruskin, Partner, K&L Gates, Melbourne

Friday 4 August 2017

Day 2 Chair:  Amanda Coulthard, Barrister, Queensland Bar, Brisbane

Contemporary Challenges in the Workplace

  • Technological Advancements and the Modern Workplace: Understanding the Challenges for Employers - Kristin Gamble, Manager, BHP Employment Relations, BHP Billiton Legal, Brisbane
  • Personal Relationships in the Workplace: Whose Business Is It Anyway? - Denise O’Reilly, Director, O’Reilly Workplace Law, Burleigh Heads, Qld
  • Critical Incidents and The Employer’s Response - Harold Downes, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brisbane

Compliance and Enforcement

  • This Time It’s Personal: Accessorial Liability of Franchisors and HR Managers - Rohan Doyle, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brisbane
  • FWO Compliance Audits: A Survival Guide - Alison Baker, Partner, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers, Melbourne

Feedback from last year’s conference

  • My 4th year at the conference and I will continue to come along. The expert presenters are great and I particularly like the practical tips and case law
  • Great variety of topics and presenters. A quality conference!
  • Really well organised - on time, every time. Relevant and interesting topics - great speakers. I will be back!
  • There topics were relevant to my current job and were very interesting. The speakers were engaging. I particularly enjoyed the case updates.
  • The topic range was sufficiently diverse to cover a range of HR topics. The presentations were well supported with papers. The opportunity for questions was welcome and the presenters covered their subject areas well.
  • Each year the conference content is very topical and I appreciate hearing from subject matter experts. Q and A sessions at the end of each topic are very informative and interesting.
  • Very practical info. Current topics, forward looking and contemporary views - non-traditional legal approach. High calibre speakers.

Product Code: GELAUG17
 Price:   $1,980.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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