Employment Law Conference
Start time 19 Mar 2020 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 19 Mar 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne
Speaker See full program details
Catering Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C20001
Total CPD Units: 6.0

Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 5.0
(includes GST)

Employment Law Conference

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

This program will be chaired by:

Catherine Brooks, Associate Director, Law Squared


Michaela Moloney, Partner, K&L Gates

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 – Are we still in the dark following Israel Folau v Rugby Australia?

Presented by: Josh Bornstein, National Head of Employment Law, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


Ross Jackson, Partner, Maddocks


Paul O'Grady QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

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 are the benefits.

Don't miss this critical update!

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. 

Presented by: Kaitlyn Gulle, Partner, Lander & Rogers


Georgina Taylor, Senior Associate, Lander & Rogers

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.

  • Mondelez v AMWU[2019] FCAFC 138

  • Joseph De Souza v Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd [2019] FWC

  • Western Union Business Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd v Robinson [2019] FCAFC

  • Ross Wunungmurra v East Arnhem Regional Council [2019] FWC 

  • 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

Presented by: Benjamin Marshall, Partner, Holding Redlich

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. 

Presented by: Emma Murphy, Barrister, Victorian Bar


Dimitri Ternovski, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Adverse Action and the ‘Workplace Right’  

This session will examine the definition and interpretation of the ‘workplace right’ which continues to cause some confusion.  Our presenter will also discuss what an ‘instrumental’ right is, as well as complaints and inquiries, under section 341.

Presented by: Tim Donaghey, Barrister, Victorian Bar