PROVIDING THE LATEST LEGAL UPDATES AND GUIDANCE FROM AUSTRALIA’S TOP EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS

1 December 2022, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
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ABOUT


The Employment Law Masterclass is an unmissable event designed to provide busy HR professionals with a comprehensive programme focusing on the latest legal updates and developments affecting workforce obligations.

The last two years have had a lasting impact on organisations everywhere and legislation and standards are evolving to meet Australia’s new way of working.

This masterclass will answer the critical questions HR leaders need answers to: How is the definition of casual employment changing? What can HR departments do to prevent psychiatric injuries and safeguard against claims? How can organisations protect their hybrid workers and is there a responsibility to do so?

Join us this December and get the answers you need from the senior legal specialists that know best.

FEATURED SPEAKERS


Emma Burn
Emma Burn

Senior Associate
Baker McKenzie

Catherine Dunlop
Catherine Dunlop

Partner
Maddocks

Melinda Bell
Melinda Bell

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Rick Catanzariti
Rick Catanzariti

Partner
DLA Piper

Michaela Moloney
Michaela Moloney

Partner
K&L Gates

Roxanne Hart
Roxanne Hart

Director & Senior Lawyer
Hart & Co Lawyers

Rohan Doyle
Rohan Doyle

Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills

Som Leung
Som Leung

Senior Associate
Mills Oakley

AGENDA


  • Opening remarks from the chairperson
    Roxanne Hart
    Roxanne Hart

    Director & Senior Lawyer
    Hart & Co Lawyers

  • Key changes to Australian employment law in 2022 

    There have been several amendments to employment law over the past year and HR managers must navigate these developments to remain compliant and understand the implications to their organisation. This session will discuss recent and upcoming changes in employment law in 2022 and beyond. 

    • Upcoming reform to the paid parental leave system
    • Changes to the superannuation guarantee and eligibility threshold
    • Increases to the high-income threshold and compensation cap for unfair dismissal   
    • Changes to employee share scheme laws 
    • Proposed reform of enterprise bargaining and other changes proposed in the 2022 budget
    Roxanne Hart
    Roxanne Hart

    Director & Senior Lawyer
    Hart & Co Lawyers

  • Keeping it casual: clarity on definitions of casual employees

    We have seen developments in the Fair Work Commission’s definition of casual employee over the past year, with anticipated changes from the Albanese Government to follow. This session will provide further clarity on the rights and obligations relating to casual employment.

    • Amendments to the definition of “casual employment” and the employee relationship
    • Requirements of casual conversion and implications of employee dismissal
    • Understanding the two-limb test to determine the period of service
    • Lessons from Liting Gu v Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative [2022]
    Emma Burn
    Emma Burn

    Senior Associate
    Baker McKenzie

  • Morning tea and refreshment break
  • Keeping up to date with Occupational Health and Safety Law in Victoria and beyond

    With plenty of regulatory action in the workplace health and safety area and employers facing ongoing safety issues related to COVID, this session will provide an overview of the current safety landscape in Australia.    

    • Impact of increasing nationalisation of Victorian OHS law and beyond  
    • Understanding Board responsibilities and officer liability  
    • Lessons from recent industrial manslaughter prosecutions 
    • Lessons from Mariam Gharib v Dnata Airport Services Pty Ltd [2022]    
    • Lessons from Jason Lubiejewski v Australian Federal Police [2022] 
    Som Leung
    Som Leung

    Senior Associate
    Mills Oakley

  • Psychiatric injury at work: employer’s obligations

    Employers have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect employees from mental injuries. What happens when the psychiatric health of employees is affected by their role? What are the legal risks involved when psychiatric injury claims arise?

    • What constitutes a psychiatric injury at work?
    • Managing complex performance management issues and conduct relating to psychiatric injury
    • Revising compliance and training for WHS staff in a hybrid work setting
    • Lessons from Kozarov v Victoria [2022]
    Catherine Dunlop
    Catherine Dunlop

    Partner
    Maddocks

  • Networking lunch
  • Preventing and investigating bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace

    New anti-sexual-discrimination laws in Australia have widened the scope of harassment and bullying in the workplace. What are the obligations of employers to actively prevent bullying and harassment at work? 

    • Updating prevention frameworks and policies to mitigate risk 
    • Examples of comprehensive compliance training for employees 
    • How to deal with allegations of bullying or sexual harassment 
    • Lessons from THDL [2021] 
    Melinda Bell
    Melinda Bell

    Partner
    Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Employee vs. independent contractors – lessons from the courts

    Recent court decisions indicate a move from the previously accepted ‘multi-factorial’ test to a new approach that relies on written contracts between employee and independent contractors. This session will discuss recent court decisions and considerations to differentiate the contractual relationships.

    • Lessons from Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022]
    • Lessons from ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022]
    • Reviewing written contracts to ensure clarity on employment arrangements upon agreement
    Michaela Moloney
    Michaela Moloney

    Partner
    K&L Gates

  • Afternoon tea and refreshment break
  • Determining modern award and enterprise agreement entitlements

    The misinterpretation of modern awards can lead to incidents of underpayments and compliance issues. This session will address award and agreement interpretation to provide greater clarity on the employer’s responsibilities and the minimum terms and conditions of employment.

    • Understanding award classification in relation to the work performed by an employee
    • What are the entitlements of an employee that does not fall within the classification of an award?
    • Communicating the difference between award vs. shadowing the award to employees
    • Guidance on annualised salaries and overtime expectations
    Rohan Doyle
    Rohan Doyle

    Partner
    Herbert Smith Freehills

  • Discipline and termination: Lessons from the court

    One of Australia’s most prominent lawyers will discuss the key takeaways from the most influential cases of the last 12 months.

    • How have judges been ruling on termination cases?
    • Trends in employee compensation rulings
    • Lessons from the recent court decisions
    Rick Catanzariti
    Rick Catanzariti

    Partner
    DLA Piper

  • Q&A: Addressing additional concerns in employment law

    In this interactive session, delegates will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions relating to various employment law concerns.

    Rick Catanzariti
    Rick Catanzariti

    Partner
    DLA Piper

  • Event concludes

VENUE


Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

What you’ll gain

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    Engage with top legal experts and your peers to share insights and ideas on how to tackle workforce challenges

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    Get the latest updates on casual employment, psychiatric injuries, psychosocial risks, and workplace health and safety

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    Reduce your liability and safeguard your organisation by utilising actionable strategies from top legal professionals

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