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Workplace Relations Conference

Workplace Relations Conference

Date & TimeFriday 27 October 2017 8.30am-4.30pm
Format Conference
Price

Member

$630.00

Non-Member

$750.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, 27 Little Collins St, Melbourne View Map

This will be a full day of unparalleled legal education, panel discussions and networking opportunities with influential members of the legal profession

The LIV Workplace Relations Conference 2017 will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments in employment law and workplace relations practice, and gain knowledge and the skills essential for your work.

Futher detail below.

Program Overview

  • Workplace Relations Conference - Friday 27 Oct
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening & Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Panel Discussion – Meet the Commissioners
      Panellists:

      • Deputy President Reg Hamilton, Fair Work Commission 
      • Commissioner Sarah McKinnon, Fair Work Commission 
      • Commissioner Nicholas Wilson, Fair Work Commission 

      Join our panel of Fair Work Commissioners in an engaging panel discussion about the current issues, challenges and trends across matters in the Fair Work Commission.

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:20 AM Session 2: An Update on Restraints

      Speaker: Rob Jackson, Partner, Rigby Cooke

      “I’m leaving … and I’m taking my clients with me”.

      Where does this leave your client where post-employment restraint of trade and protections for confidential information apply to their circumstances?

      While clauses relating to post-employment restraints of trade and confidential information can be a useful tool to protect parties’ legitimate business interests, understanding the nuances of their operation may seem easier said than done.

      This practical session will navigate through the critical issues with restraints of trade and confidentiality clauses and will cover:

      • Recent cases and trends relation to restraints of trade and confidential information
      • Practical considerations when looking to enforce or resist restraints of trade – e.g. when to make an Anton Piller order to safeguard possible breaches of restraint and disclosure of confidential information
      • How to draft the best restraint of trade clauses in employment contracts – what to include and avoid
    • 11:20 AM Session 3: Ethics at Work: Interactive Panel Discussion

      Panellists:

      • Carol Andrades, Consultant, Ryan Carlisle Thomas
      • Lindy Richardson, Principal, Maddocks
      • Philip Brewin, Principal, Nevett Ford

      Moderator: Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, LIV

      Join this interactive panel as they discuss the challenging ethical issues faced by employment lawyers.

      Moderated by a senior ethics solicitor from the LIV, our highly experienced panellists will share real ethical issues they've encountered in the practice of employment law and workplace relations and how they have resolved them. They will focus particularly on how they have managed confidentiality and conflict of interest issues as well as how to balance their paramount duty to the court and the administration of justice with their duty to advocate fearlessly for a client.

    • 12:20 PM Lunch
    • 1:15 PM Session 4: The great sharing economy: Important implications for employment lawyers

      Speaker: John Tuck, Principal, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

      The rapid expansion of technology platforms connecting clients with individual service providers operating across transport, food delivery and freelance work has brought about a fundamental change to how work is being undertaken in Australia.

      As this new economy collides with traditional models of employment and industrial relations, understanding what you need to know to help your clients stay compliant is key.

      Our presenter will navigate the complex issues arising out of work in the sharing economy in this session which will cover:

      • work, health and safety issues and obligations in the sharing economy
      • implications arising from the use of unregulated service providers
      • regulatory and taxation issues when using these providers
      • issues with outsourcing and hiring former employees
      • recent case law relating to the use of unregulated service providers
    • 2:15 PM Session 5: Tips & Tricks in Preparing Effective Witness Statements

      Speaker: Chris O’Grady QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

      Preparing accurate and well-drafted witness statements is among the most important tasks in employment litigation.

      This session will provide a practical look into how to prepare witness statements to properly and legitimately advance your clients' interests and provide insights into best practice drafting techniques.

      This session will cover:

      • drafting techniques and strategies to deal with counterarguments
      • important evidentiary requirements to bear in mind when preparing witness statements
      • how to determine what to include and what to leave out
    • 3:15 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 3:30 PM Session 6: Perspectives on Workplace Investigations

      Panellists:

      • Chris Gianatti, Director, Kelly Hazell Quill
      • Josh Bornstein, Principal, Maurice Blackburn
      • Karen Wise, Director, Wise Workplace Solutions

      Moderator: Michael Butler, Principal, HR+WorkLaw

      What does an effective workplace investigation look like to the employee representative, the employer representative and the investigator? What issues are you overlooking in the drive to get to the end of the investigation? And what key lessons and risk areas should you be aware of?

      Our expert panellists will take you through what works, what doesn't and how employment and workplace relations practitioners can improve the workplace investigation process.

      This interactive session will also touch on:

      • Transparency and fairness considerations in investigations
      • Confidentiality: does it ever work and if so, for whom? 
      • The role of lawyers in workplace investigations including ethical considerations
      • Concluding the workplace investigation and dealing with the fallout

      Don't miss this opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about tricky aspects of workplace investigations during the Q&A opportunity in this session. We invite you to send in queries ahead of the session to register@liv.asn.au.

    • 4:30 PM Conference close & LIV Workplace Relations Section Annual General Meeting
    • 4:45 PM Network Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    This will be a full day of unparalleled legal education, panel discussions and networking opportunities with influential members of the legal profession.

    The LIV is pleased to launch this conference with a keynote panel discussion featuring Deputy President Reg Hamilton, Commissioner Sarah McKinnon and Commissioner Nicholas Wilson from the Fair Work Commission who will discuss the current issues, challenges and trends in matters being heard by the Commission.

    The LIV Workplace Relations Conference 2017 will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments in employment law and workplace relations practice, and gain knowledge and the skills essential for your work.

    Our presenters will offer insights into issues such as restraints of trade, employment law implications of the sharing economy as well as workplace investigation risk areas and best practice.

    Register today to hear from expert speakers that will cover a range of topical employment and workplace relations issues.

  • Presenters

    Deputy President Reg Hamilton, Fair Work Commission 

    Commissioner Sarah McKinnon, Fair Work Commission 

    Commissioner Nicholas Wilson, Fair Work Commission 

    Rob Jackson, Partner, Rigby Cooke

    Carol Andrades, Consultant, Ryan Carlisle Thomas

    Lindy Richardson, Principal, Maddocks

    Philip Brewin, Principal, Nevett Ford

    Michael Dolan, Senior Ethics Solicitor, LIV

    John Tuck, Principal, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Chris O’Grady QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Chris Gianatti, Director, Kelly Hazell Quill

    Josh Bornstein, Principal, Maurice Blackburn

    Karen Wise, Director, Wise Workplace Solutions

    Michael Butler, Principal, HR+WorkLaw

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • Benefit from highly interactive and practical panel discussions and seminar presentations throughout the conference.
    • Gain useful insights from a panel of Fair Work Commissioners on the current issues, challenges and trends they observe in matters at the Commission.
    • Gain a greater understanding of the employment law implications of the sharing economy as well as risk areas and best practice in Workplace investigations.
    • Hone your witness statement drafting skills and knowledge and receive insights into how to work smarter when preparing these statements.
    • Benefit from a practical panel discussion on the ethical challenges that accompany employment law and workplace relations practice and strategies to overcome these challenges.
    • Be empowered with actionable takeaways that you can immediately implement in your daily practice.
    • Develop effective network with other employment lawyers and workplace relations practitioners.