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Work, Health & Safety: Regulation and insights

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Work, Health & Safety: Regulation and insights

Date & TimeTBC
Format Seminar, Webcast
Price

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$360.00

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$480.00

CPD Units 3
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Relevant to all workers’ compensation and workplace relations practitioners, as well as partners and practice managers, this informative seminar will examine critical issues and recent legislative updates pertaining to occupational health and safety.

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Program Overview

  • Work, Health & Safety: Regulation and insights - Wednesday 20 Mar
    • 9:00 AM Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Dealing with Mentally Ill and Injured Workers

      This practical session offers a fresh and illuminating perspective on how to effectively manage injured employees.

      Topics include:

      • Guidelines and best practice for managing injured employees
      • Medical certificates and statutory declarations: common issues and practical tips
      • Simplifying the return to work process
      • Lawfully terminating injured workers: insights and pitfalls
      • Ensuring employees’ fitness for duty and making reasonable adjustments

      Presenter: Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers

    • 10:05 AM Key Developments in Work, Health and Safety

      Get up to speed with the practical knowledge you need to be across, including important recent developments, to become a better advocate for your client’s interests with respect to work, health and safety.  

      Topics include:

      • Recap on the key changes to WHS laws in 2018
      • What is on the horizon for 2019
      • The status of the introduction of corporate manslaughter offences around the country and where it sits in Victoria
      • Emergent risks employers are facing and how employers and regulators are responding

      Presenter: Sam Witton, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia

    • 11:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 11:15 AM Individual Liability Under WHS Law

      Company directors, officers and employees can face personal liability for work related health and safety breaches. This session will provide important insights into duties owed by officers and employees, possible penalties and charges for breaches and what can be done to better manage the risks.

      Topics include:

      • Recent case law on individual liability for health and safety breaches
      • Penalties – recent and proposed changes
      • Charges under general criminal legislation
      • Enforcement action and risk management

      Speaker: Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Relevant to all workers’ compensation and workplace relations practitioners, as well as partners and practice managers, this informative seminar will examine critical issues and recent legislative updates pertaining to occupational health and safety.

    Main topics:

    • Guidelines and best practice for managing injured employees
    • Practical tips for dealing with medical certificates and statutory declarations
    • Insights and pitfalls of lawfully terminating injured workers
    • Recap on key changes made to work, health and safety laws in 2018 and the status of potential developments, including the corporate manslaughter offence
    • Recent case law on individual liability for health and safety breaches, including risk management and possible penalties and charges
  • Presenters

    Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers Andrew is the Managing Principal of FCW Lawyers, a workplace law firm practicing throughout Australia. Andrew is known for his restorative workplace legal practice and speaks throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand. He is a well-known author and speaker. He is currently the editor in chief for the national safety magazine, Health & Safety Consultants’ Newsletter.

    Sam Witton, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia Sam is a Senior Associate in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia and an adjunct lecturer in OHS at Edith Cowan University. Sam is fascinated by people, trains, planes and automobiles and the risks they create in the workplace. Sam helps leading employers nationally on getting things right and when it goes wrong.

    Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Steve is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills where he is the Practice Leader, Work Health and Safety, in the Employment, Pensions & Incentives Group, Melbourne. An expert in health and safety issues and workplace injury related litigation, Steve has been recognised by Doyles Guide, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers as a leading WHS Lawyer. Steve assists clients proactively manage risk in the workplace, and to ensure legal protection in the event of an incident, regulatory investigation or during civil claims from workers injured at work, or who allege breaches of duties of care. He advises on legal compliance, risk and project structuring, as well as supervising the leading Australian team responsible for delivering incident response and safety-related litigation.

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this session, you will:

    • Confidently provide sound risk management advice to your clients by staying abreast of recent changes to work, health and safety laws
    • Discover how to effectively manage injured employees at various stages of the employment cycle
    • Apply unique insights to effectively manage injured employees, including simplifying the return to work process, assessing fitness for duty and law termination
    • Safeguard your practice by obtaining unique insights into how to minimise the risk of personal liability for health and safety breaches