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 Recorded Webinar: Underperforming Staff Under the Pump in Schools

Date: Friday 4th February 2022
Duration: Approximately 1 Hour


Under-performing employees can have a negative effect on the school community in terms of productivity, morale and reputation. This session will explore the options for managing under-performers, including proactive strategies for both early intervention and eventual separation, including:

  • What does “under-performance” mean?
  • Distinguishing underperformance from misconduct
  • Managing performance expectations through:
  • position descriptions
  • performance plans
  • contractual obligations
  • What should be in a performance management policy?
  • Strategies for addressing and managing under-performance - the hard conversations
  • Avoiding allegations of bullying and discrimination in performance management
  • Warnings, investigations and natural justice
  • What to do when all else fails? Options for separation
  • Strategies for avoiding unfair dismissal claims
Recorded Webinars,Schools Law,Recorded Webinar: Underperforming Staff Under the Pump in Schools Elizabeth Aitken, Partner, SLF Lawyers, Melbourne

Liz is an experienced advisor and litigator in the area of workplace relations law. She handles the full range of employment-related claims, including unfair dismissal, adverse action, discrimination, workplace bullying, sexual harassment and underpayment. She regularly advises on workforce management issues including terms and conditions of employment, management of sick, injured and underperforming workers, the application of industrial instruments, transfers of business, restraints of trade, work health and safety, workers compensation and sham contracting.

Liz acts for clients across broad industry sectors, including health and aged care, education, retail, insurance, finance, labour hire, property and construction.

She also advises schools on the unique laws and regulations affecting their employment relationships and general operations, including school governance, additional learning needs, privacy and health law obligations and mandatory reporting requirements.

Liz is active in many workplace law and industry groups, including as an Executive Committee Member of the Law Institute of Victoria Workplace Relations Section since 2013, and a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and Industrial Relations Society of Victoria. She regularly facilitates staff training workshops and presents at professional conferences.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers advising private and independent schools, around Australia, along with their advisors. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD unit/point – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.

WA lawyers – From 1/4/2021, due to changes to your CPD requirements we are unable to verify your completion of recorded webinars to the Legal Practice Board of WA.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: lisa@tved.net.au

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Product Code: WBGFEB22
 Price:  $269.50 (Inclusive of GST)
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