Employers in the Firing Line: This Time its Personal - a live half-day online conference

Online Conferences,Employment Law,Employers in the Firing Line: This Time its Personal - a live half-day online conference
Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, Qld 1.30pm to 5pm
SA/NT 1.00pm to 4.30pm 
WA 11.30am to 3pm

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Here from the experts at this online half day conference.

You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere and you have an opportunity to ask questions during the conference via the online question portal.

Session 1: Critical Incidents and The Employer’s Response

Over recent years, Australian workplaces have experienced a number of critical incidents impacting the safety and wellbeing of staff and consumers. These incidents often leave employers with little time to think, with immediate action required. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, it has never been more important for employers to understand their obligations and to ensure they have the right policies in place to deal with these challenging times. This session covers:

  • Emergency response to critical incidents - what policies should you have?

  • WH&S obligations – what are they and how do you discharge your duties, both in the immediate aftermath and in the months ahead?

  • Employer’s duty of care – how far does it extend?

  • Avoiding workers compensation claims

  • Scenario planning – how is it done? Considerations include:

    • Do you lock down your building?

    • What happens to staff that are outside?

    • How do you communicate with staff?

    • Do you have adequate first aid equipment on hand?

    • Counselling services – how proactive do you need to be?

  • Spotlight on COVID-19 – managing your workplace during uncertain times

Session 2:  Wage Theft and Underpayments: Storm Clouds on the Horizon

From the retail sector to agriculture and hospitality, it seems that no industry is immune from wage theft. With criminal sanctions and other reforms on the horizon, now is the time to understand how to conduct an effective wage theft audit and the key steps you must take to minimise the risks and manage the fallout.  This session will examine:

  • Understanding how wage theft can arise

  • Tips for conducting an effective wage theft audit

  • Reviewing operations and implementing changes to ensure compliance

  • Best practice strategies to consider if a suspected breach has occurred

  • When should you self-disclose?

  • Future reforms on the horizon – what will they mean for employers?

  • Tips to minimise exposure to wage theft litigation

  • Lessons from recent cases involving underpayments

Session 3:  Accessorial Liability: Just Who’s In the Firing Line?

Accessorial liability has cast a wide net for liability under the Fair Work Act, including HR managers, company directors and third party advisers. This session examines accessorial liability, indemnity issues and just who will be in the gun for civil penalties. It covers:

  • 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

  • Use of indemnities to protect at risk employees - will these be effective?

  • Recent case update


Sean Selleck, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Melbourne (Chair)

Glenn Fredericks, Barrister, State Chambers, Sydney

Harold Downes, Safety, Employment & IR Partner, Mills Oakley Lawyers, Brisbane

Belinda Winter, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Brisbane

  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points – substantive law.


If you register and pay by 24 April 2020 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 Event Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: lisa@tved.net.au

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Product Code: OELMAY20
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)