• December 2019

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2019
    3 Dec 2019 9:00am - 3 Dec 2019 3:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This program provides an overview of Fair Work Commission (FWC), unfair dismissal and unlawful termination applications to FWC, common law claims for wrongful dismissal, drafting employment contracts considering both statute and common law and a brief overview of discrimination and equal opportunity laws. Dont risk being unprepared in this often complex area.

    Essentials are workshops for lawyers new to, or wanting to update knowledge in, particular skills or practice areas. These workshops aim to cover the 'essentials'.

  • March 2020

  • Thursday, 19 March 2020
    19 Mar 2020 9:00am - 19 Mar 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    Earlybird Price: $695 (incl. GST) 


    Hot Topics – Hear from a Panel! 

    Hear from a panel of leading workplace relations lawyers, using high profile cases and examples, each discussing:

    • Wage Thefts and Underpayments – How did it come to this? 

    • Breaching the Employers Code of Conduct – Where is the Line?

    New Whistleblower Regime – The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) 

    Any employer considered to be a ‘public company’ or ‘large proprietary company’ will be required to have a compliant whistleblower policy in place from 1 January 2020.

    This session will discuss:

    • How does is work;

    • What does it mean for your clients;

    • What needs to be drafted and are you compliant?;

    • Updating your policy;

    • What are the risks;

    • What the benefits.

    Presented by: Lucy Line, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Legislative Update and Developments 2020 

    This session will address key legislative updates and how they affect your clients including:

    • Increases to the high-income threshold and compensation limits from 1 July 2019

    • Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

    • Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

    • Fair Work Commission Amendment (Entry Permits and Other Measures) Rules 2019

    • Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Amendment (ASIC) Regulations 2019

    • Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic)

    • Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (Vic) for the Community services, Contract cleaning and Security Industries sectors

    • Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018

    • Changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS) commencing December 2019 and into 2020

    • Commonwealth Workplace Protection Orders (proposed for Commonwealth employees)

    • New annualised salary award provisions to apply from 1 March 2020

    • Proposed new laws to cover instances of workplace bullying leading to suicide. 

    Ultimate Case Update including Fair Work Commission and significant Australian Cases 

    This session will provide you with a comprehensive overview and update of recent and significant employment law decisions and commentary up to March 2020. This session will bring you up to date in this constantly evolving practice area and is designed to guide your advice in 2020.

    • Tracey v BP Refinery (Kwinana) Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Thai v Email Ventilation Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Wallace v AFS Security 24/7 Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 

    • Steven Zirilli v StarTrack Express Pty Limited [2019] FWC 

    • Power v Health Service Executive and Kearney v Byrne Wallace,

    • Adamczak v Alsco Pty Ltd

    • Pezzimenti v Rotary International [2019] FCCA

    • One Dream Enterprises Pty Ltd v Simmonds & Ors [2019] VSC

    • Mr Matthew Boulton v Telstra Corporation Limited [2019] FWC

    • Smerff Electrical

    • Mondelez v AMWU[2019] FCAFC 138

    • Israel Folau v Rugby Australia 

    • In-house lawyers and commissions.

    Restraints of Trade in a Digital World – Details Do Matter   

    Drafting and enforcing Restraints of Trade that cover an Online Business or activity including overseas markets can be tricky, especially if a lawyer is not sufficiently familiar with the necessary technical terminology. 

    This session is designed to cover the essentials when drafting Restraints of Trade to cover Online/Digital Business activities and assets. 

    It will also address the risks involved in misunderstanding lack of the geographical boundaries applying to Digital Businesses. Particularly where enforcement may require the cooperation of another jurisdiction. Our presenter will refer to significant cases in this session. 

    Enterprise Agreements and Errors- How Wrong Can They Be? 

    Minor or technical errors in agreement making processes have been overlooked or accepted by the FWC in recent cases when approving Enterprise Agreements. This follows a late amendment in 2018 to the Fair Work Act. But, how flexible is the FWC and can the parties assume the FWC will overlook errors? By reference to recent cases this session will provide guidance on how the FWC is currently determining when to overlook such errors.  


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