Friday 4 May 2018

Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas, Qld – 9am to 12.30pm
SA, NT 8.30am to 12noon
WA 7am to 10.30am

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Our annual 2-day employment law conferences are among the most highly regarded professional development events we run, but we realise that not everyone can spare two days out of the office.  So we’re offering you a new way to access the experts online – a half-day online conference, focused on contemporary challenges in the workplace.

You can put your staff in the boardroom and watch it there.  You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device.  All for the same low price.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairman, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.

We look forward to welcoming you - from all States and territories of Australia!

Session 1:  Accessorial Liability and You – Just Who’s in the Gun?

Accessorial liability has cast a wide net for liability under the Fair Work Act. Third parties are at risk, and this includes professional advisers. This session unravels the issues including:

  • Scope of section 550 of the Fair Work Act
  • How far does the risk of accessorial liability extend?
  • What does ‘involved in’ mean for creating liability for breach?
  • Levels of knowledge and constructive knowledge for accessorial liability
  • The risks associated with the supply chain for your company
  • Categories of liability – joint and several liability and others
  • The penalty regime for accessorial liability
  • How to prevent accessorial liability – a risk management checklist
  • Case report – FWO v Oz Staff Career Services Pty Ltd & Ors [2016] FCCA 105

Session 2:  Termination, Adverse Action and Discrimination Claims: Know Your Risks

Employers and their advisors need to be aware of the risks in terminating employment where the employee might claim discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age, physical or mental disability or marital status.  The general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act add to the web of State, territory and Commonwealth antidiscrimination laws to create a minefield for employers when dismissing employees. This presentation will cover what to do when faced with an adverse action claim based on allegations of workplace discrimination. It includes:

  • What employee attributes and activities are protected by these laws?
  • How do these protections create exposure in cases of dismissal for conduct, capacity or redundancy?
  • How do employers defend these claims?
  • Understanding the causal link and reverse onus
  • Discrimination, victimisation and adverse action – Are the interpretations under the adverse action provisions consistent with the understanding of anti-discrimination laws?
  • Terminating employees - what can you do to reduce your risk of an adverse action claim based on discrimination?
  • Case study: termination due to lack of ‘cultural fit’ – understanding the risks
  • Recent cases  - a review of the key cases and what you can learn

Session 3:  Stress, Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Workplace stress is a health and safety issue that is regulated by the work health and safety laws.  Employers have obligations to prevent and address workplace stress.  Is the risk management policy sufficient?  What training mechanisms are in place to mitigate your risk? And, when are employers on the hook for stress suffered by employees? This session examines these issues and covers:

  • Training and implementation of policies to address workplace stress
  • Recognising stress in individuals and knowing when to act
  • How do you look after employees?
  • Encouraging ‘work life balance’
  • Resilience training
  • Managing competing priorities
  • Dealing with adversity, setbacks and pressure
  • Liability – mitigating risks

Mark Howard, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Melbourne (Chairman)

Nicholas Ogilvie, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne

Dr Graham Smith, Partner, Clayton Utz, Melbourne

Glenys Jardine, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne


Registered delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this online conference.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD hours – substantive law.


If you register and pay by Friday 13 April 2018 you will pay only $495 – a saving of $55 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Online Event Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:
Product Code: OELMAY18
 Price:   $550.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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