Fourth Annual Melbourne Employment Law Conference
Thursday 21 & Friday 22 February 2019

Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

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Our annual employment law conference (held at the Gold Coast in August every year) draws HR professionals and employment lawyers from across the country. It is one of our most popular conferences and that is why we are repeating this event in Melbourne in February 2019 for all those who couldn’t get to the Gold Coast. This year’s employment law conference explores some of the major issues troubling employers and their advisors, from choosing the right engagement type when hiring employees, to managing change and redundancy in the workplace. We also examine the effect of the #metoo movement, the rising gig economy, as well as how to manage a flexible workplace with inflexible staff.

Thursday 21 February 2019

The Lifecycle of the Employment Relationship

  • Horses for Courses: Choosing the Right Engagement Type When Hiring Employees
  • Managing the Risks of Misrepresentations in the Recruitment Process
  • Documentation Essentials for Employers: Dodging the Traps in Employment Contracts
  • The Challenges of Change Management

Flexibility, Adjustments and the Changing Workforce

  • Managing a Flexible Workplace with Inflexible Staff
  • The Future of Work in Australia in a Gig Economy
  • Mental Health and Managing Employee Performance

Friday 22 February 2019

Contemporary Challenges in the Modern Workforce

  • #metoo, the Harvey Weinstein Effect and Managing the Legal Fallout
  • Social Media, Keyboard Warriors and Employer’s Obligations in a Digital World
  • Fit for Work and Employer’s Obligations

Industrial Relations Issues Facing Employers

  • The Future of the BOOT and Loaded Rates in Enterprise Agreements
  • Rights and Strategies when Dealing with Unions: Recent Reforms Under the Spotlight

Mark Branagan, Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers, Melbourne

Nick Ruskin, Partner, K&L Gates, Melbourne

Stephen Woodbury, Partner, Ashurst, Sydney

Ben Dudley, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia, Sydney

Kristin Gamble, Employment Relations Manager, BHP, Brisbane

Jamie Wells, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Brisbane

Danny King, Principal, Danny King Legal, Sydney

Belinda Winter, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Brisbane

Richard Dalton, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Kirsty Faichen, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brisbane

Mark Howard, Partner, HSWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Melbourne

Adrian Barwick, Special Counsel, WilliamsonBarwick, Sydney

Murray Procter, Partner, ClarkeKann Lawyers, Brisbane

Lindy Richardson, Partner, Maddocks, Melbourne


78% of delegates were very satisfied with the conference and 22% were quite satisfied, yielding an overall result for the event of 4.8 out of 5, an excellent result. 

  • This employment law conference is one of the best in the conference calendar.  Not to be missed.  Good speakers, good venue, well organised.
  • Interesting topics, knowledgeable presenters, good MCs and great venue.  It was great to network with both HR & employment law professionals.
  • Always good to hear the latest specialist advice in employment law and I appreciate having the high level of great speakers.
  • Always well organised with great content - content being the most important.

If you register and pay by14 December 2018 you will pay only $1870 – a saving of $275 off the full price conference registration fee of $2145.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Coordinator, Jenna Pickrell on (03) 96702055 or email:
Product Code: MELFEB19
 Price:   $1,870.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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