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Workplace Relations Conference

Workplace Relations Conference

Date & TimeFriday 28 February 2020 9am–5pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$580.00

Non-Member

$700.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV Conference Room, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Offer: Early Bird Discount
Book by January 31 and receive 20% off the member price

The 2020 conference program will explore the latest developments in employment law, changes to whistleblower protections and the line between pre-employment checks and discrimination.

Don’t miss this opportunity to debate key developments in the sector and connect with industry leaders, barristers and reputed employment law practitioners.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Workplace Relations Conference - Friday 28 Feb
    • 8:30 AM Registration begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote – Panel Panorama: The future of collective agreements

      There has been a dramatic fall in the number of private sector workers covered by collective agreements across all industries, with a report by the Centre for Future Work recently finding that this number had almost halved between 2013 and June 2018. Today, only 12 per cent of private sector workers are covered by enterprise agreements. With collective agreements being a key mechanism for facilitating wage increases, the consequences of this erosion of collective agreement coverage are profound for workers, employers and the overall economy.

      Our expert presenters, including Fair Work Deputy President Gostencnik, will provide insights on the current issues, challenges and trends in enterprise bargaining. They will discuss why agreements are failing the BOOT on a practical level, the future of collective agreements and what these issues mean for your practice.

      Moderator: Josh Bornstein, National Head of Employment Law, Maurice Blackburn

      Panellists:

      • Deputy President Gostencnik, Fair Work Commission
      • TBC

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

       

    • 10:05 AM Morning tea
    • 10:30 AM Whistleblower Protections Review & Update

      With your ability to communicate and persuasively advocate for your client’s interests being among the most important skills in your arsenal as an employment lawyer, discovering nuanced and strategic communication techniques can help you gain a distinct advantage in your practice.

      This interactive session will provide insights into how your clients think so you can communicate with influence and will cover the following topics:

      • How to listen to and have difficult conversations
      • Turning a lead into a client while being honest and realistic about their prospects
      • Breaking unfavourable news without discouraging the client
      • How to handle client disappointment

      Presenters:

      • Greg Hackett, Senior Manager, Office of the Whistleblower, Assessment and Intelligence, ASIC
      • Jenna Vardi, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

       

    • 11:15 AM The Art of Communication

      With your ability to communicate and persuasively advocate for your client’s interests being among the most important skills in your arsenal as an employment lawyer, discovering nuanced and strategic communication techniques can help you gain a distinct advantage in your practice.

      This interactive session will provide insights into how your clients think so you can communicate with influence and will cover the following topics:

      • How to listen to and have difficult conversations
      • Turning a lead into a client while being honest and realistic about their prospects
      • Breaking unfavourable news without discouraging the client
      • How to handle client disappointment

      Presenter: Karen Finch, Legally Yours

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

       

    • 12:15 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM Pre-Employment Checks & Discrimination

      For employers to meet their safety obligations, it is crucial that they ensure their employees are fit for work and for the type of role they are to assume. However, understanding the limits of the types of checks that employees can be required to go through is vital to ensuring employers aren’t at risk during recruitment processes.

      Providing key tips and strategies you can employ when working through tricky issues in the recruitment process, this session will cover:

      • Privacy and disclosure obligations in the recruitment process
      • Employee rights during pre-employment checks
      • Issues in pre-employment medical examinations and criminal record checks
      • Unlawful discrimination
      • Recent case updates on these issues
      • Practical compliance tips for employers

      Presenter: TBC

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

       

    • 1:45 PM ‘Show Me the Money’: Thinking out of the box with pricing and billing

      In order to remain competitive in an increasingly saturated legal services market, it is critical that you stand out for excellence in legal practice and client service. One of the ways you can do so is to explore alternative pricing models and technologies that provide better price certainty for your clients.

      In this insightful session, our expert panellists will take you through the myriad of pricing options available, what works and what doesn’t to help you identify opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth within your firm.  

      Moderator: Liz Harris, Principal Consultant, Ovid Consulting

      Panellists:

      • Catherine Brooks, LawSquared
      • Peter Moran, Principal, Peer Legal

      Compliance area: Practice Management & Business Skills

       

    • 2:45 PM Afternoon tea
    • 3:00 PM Recent Cases & Trends in Employment Law

      With the sheer volume of employment matters being heard before courts and tribunals on a daily basis, staying on top of case law developments relevant to your practice can be hard work. Add that to conflicting case authorities and before you know it, half a billable day disappears in legal research.

      This practical session will save you time and effort by covering the most recent developments in employment law, their significance for employers and employees and offer tips that you can take back to the businesses you advise.

      Topics covered will include:

      • The impact of the Mondelez decision on underpayment
      • Accessorial liability and being ‘involved in’ a contravention
      • Casual conversion and implications for employers of recent decisions (WorkPac v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131, Apostolides v Mantina Earthmovers & Constructions [2018] FCCA 279)

      Presenter: Gabrielle Marchetti, Principal Lawyer, Jobwatch

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

       

    • 4:00 PM Ethics at Work: Interactive panel discussion

      Join our panel for a thought provoking discussion about some of the most frequent ethical challenges faced by employment lawyers.

      Moderated by a representative from the LIV’s Ethics Committee, our experienced panellists will share ethical issues they’ve encountered over their employment law career and how they resolved them, to assist you to identify and manage these issues as they arise in your own practice.

      The panel’s discussion will focus on how employment lawyers can best balance their paramount duty to the court and the administration of justice with their duty to advocate fearlessly for a client.

      Moderator: TBC

      Panellists:

      • Chris Gianatti, Director, Kelly Hazell Quill
      • Ross Jackson, Principal, Maddocks

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

       

    • 5:00 PM Conference Close & Networking drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Being a successful employment lawyer entails cutting through the complexity – whether you’re assessing the impact of a case or communicating with your clients.

    This year’s Workplace Relations Conference does just this, cutting to the core of complicated issues, such as the future of enterprise bargaining, whistleblower protections and pre-employment checks, to enhance your understanding so you may successfully and efficiently navigate the practice of workplace relations and employment law.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to debate key developments in the sector and connect with industry leaders, barristers and reputed practitioners in the field.

  • Presenters


    Deputy President Gostencnik, Fair Work Commission

    Josh Bornstein, National Head of Employment Law, Maurice Blackburn

    Greg Hackett, Senior Manager, Office of the Whistleblower, Assessment and Intelligence, ASIC

    Jenna Vardi, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Karen Finch, Legally Yours

    Catherine Brooks, LawSquared

    Peter Moran, Principal, Peer Legal

    Gabrielle Marchetti, Principal Lawyer, Jobwatch

    Chris Gianatti, Director, Kelly Hazell Quill

    Ross Jackson, Principal, Maddocks

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    Click here to learn more about our 2020 CPD program.