The Challenges in Managing Staff: One Day Online Masterclass

Masterclass,Employment Law,The Challenges in Managing Staff: One Day Online Masterclass
Wednesday 19 May 2021

9am to 4.35pm AEST

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This masterclass is bookable as a whole day or you may book to attend just the morning or afternoon.

Morning: Recent Developments in Employment Law

The pandemic, coupled with legislative reforms and the shifting economy, have resulted in a new employment law landscape for employers. Are you across the changes and how they will impact your staff? The morning sessions examine the key issues, including the new model annualised salary clauses, the use of casual staff in the workforce, as well as the impact of the new industrial relations reforms.

  • Salary or Wages? Choose Your Own Compliance Adventure
    • The FWC has recently introduced model annualised salary clauses for some modern awards, but there is often more than one way that an employer can lawfully vary a requirement to pay wages pursuant to the applicable workplace instrument.
  • Getting Clarity on Casuals
    • Recent legislative reforms, along with the high profile decisions of Workpac v Skene and Workpac v Rossato have refocused attention on the definition of casual employment and whether employees are truly ‘casual’ employees. But confusion abounds generally over the application of the test in practice.
  • Covid-19: The Ongoing Challenges for Employers
    • While 2020 is now behind us, the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt in one way or another in Australian workplaces. This practical session examines the key legal and regulatory challenges employers now face.

Afternoon: Managing the Employer-Employee Relationship

A well-regulated employee relationship is often key to a thriving workplace. Unfortunately, managing employees effectively is often easier said than done. The afternoon sessions examine the key legal challenges associated with managing employees, including regulating out of hours conduct, workplace investigation essentials, as well as key developments in mental health and workers’ compensation claims.

  • Big Brother in the Workplace: Out of Hours Conduct in the Spotlight
    • Long gone are the days when work was work and whatever a person did after leaving their place of employment was private and personal. With a growing number of Australians working from home, the lines have become increasingly blurred. When can out of work behaviour be scrutinised and where considered to be inappropriate, lead to disciplinary action or termination of employment? This session will look at the changing nature of the employment relationship and cases which have set the boundaries for employee behaviour.
  • Workplace Investigations – The Essential Dos and Don’ts
    • Employers generally don’t do workplace investigations that well. Why? A mixture of poor technique and confusion over limits of authority may play a part.
  • A Sign of the Times: Restructuring Employment in a Challenging Economy
    • The onset of difficult economic circumstances has meant that organisations are looking carefully and critically at their ongoing viability, operations and labour costs and assessing what the future holds. As a result, HR professionals need to be at the ready to contribute to and implement some of the hard decisions. This session will provide a guide to what options organisations have to review, negotiate and restructure their workforces to meet new challenges.

Glenn Fredericks, Barrister, State Chambers, Sydney [chair]

Tom Brett, Lawyer,  Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers, Sydney

Fay Calderone, Partner, Hall & Wilcox, Sydney

Michael Byrnes, Partner, Swaab, Sydney

Mark Branagan, Partner & Accredited Specialist - Workplace Relations, Thomson Geer Lawyers, Melbourne

Kristen Lopes, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers, Sydney 

Chris Molnar, Partner, Kennedys, Melbourne


Lawyers - 6 CPD Units/Points – substantive law. 

All delegates who attend the masterclass will receive a CPD Certificate.


All delegates will receive video recordings of all sessions following the live event.


If you register and pay by Wednesday 21 April 2021 you will pay only $880a saving of $110 off the full price conference registration fee of $990.

Multiple registration discount

If you would like to send 3 or more people from your company to this masterclass the following discounts apply:

  • 3 registrations – 5% discount off each registration

  • 4 registrations – 10% discount off each registration

  • 5 or more registrations – 15% discount off each registration

To access this discount simply use the multiple registration option on our website. You can complete all of the registrations in one action and the discount will automatically be applied.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: [email protected]

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Product Code: SXEMAY21
 Price:   $880.00 (Inclusive of GST)