Employment Law Conference
Start time 4 Jun 2020 8:55am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 4 Jun 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Live Stream Only
Speaker See full program details
Catering Not included
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C20032
Total CPD Units: 6.0

Practice Management & Business Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 5.0
(includes GST)

Employment Law Conference

4 Jun 2020 8:55am - 4 Jun 2020 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Live Stream Only

Alert! Navigating the New Workplace Laws – 2020 

Workplace laws are changing rapidly in order to address the unique problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will also address the latest developments to workplace legislation and what it means for you and your client. This session will also include:

Legislative Update and Developments 2020

  • Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020
  • Corporations Amendment (Strengthening Protections for Employee Entitlements) Act 2019
  • Wage Theft Bill 2020
  • Changes to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS) commenced 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: Georgina TaylorSenior Associate, Lander and Rogers


Angela Xu, Graduate Lawyer, Lander and Rogers

Managing Teams and Finding Balance 

Now, more than ever, it’s important to find ways to balance work expectations, pressures and responsibilities with personal health, wellbeing and family obligations. In isolation and in teams, it is important to work out how to prioritise often competing interests including the interests of colleagues and staff.

This session will address:

  • Setting priorities and managing workloads,
  • Balancing and managing personal responsibilities and
  • Supervising and engaging with staff and colleagues remotely.
  • How will we know if the balance is all wrong.

Presented by: Richard Hutchings, Partner, Cornwalls

Stand Down Provisions - Section 524 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and their Implications – COVID-19 

This session will discuss in detail the stand down provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee. Given that current circumstances are unprecedented and the lack of case law in this area this session is essential.

This session will include:

  • What rights do Employers/Employees have under s524?

  • Implications of stand downs – What happens when the employee refuses to negotiate?

  • How long can an employee be stood down for? What are the legal risks of being stood down for unreasonable amount of time?

  • Alternatives to Stand Down

  • Discrimination claims

  • Enterprise Agreements – How are they affected

  • Breach of stand down provisions and risks for the employer

  • Examples of Stand Down COVID-19 Letter Templates.

Presented by: Sean SelleckPartner, Baker McKenzie


Kellie-Ann McDadePartner, Baker McKenzie

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 June 2020. This session will bring you up to date in this constantly evolving practice area. Cases covered will include:

  • WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84
  • Mayson v Mylan Health Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 1404
  • 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 
  • 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: Tim Donaghey, Barrister, Victorian Bar

New Workplace Policies/Training and COVID-19

This session will discuss the urgent need for updates to existing workplace polices and training in the workplace. This session will discuss updates to:

  • Harassment and Diversity policy –– What constitutes unlawful conduct vs a genuine fear of COVID-19
  • Social distancing and hygiene policy
  • Work from home policy – including OHS issues
  • Updates to use of technology policy
  • Attendance at an external worksite
  • Privacy policy


  • Infection Control Training
  • Training and assisting Vulnerable workers working from home.

Presented by: Jim McKenna, Barrister, Victorian Bar


James Tierney, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Critical Return to Work Issues – COVID-19 – Managing the Legal Risks

Employers need clear protocols and procedures in place before they reopen the ‘face to face’ workplace. This session will discuss the measures that need to be put in place before the physical workplace reopens, in order to limit or avoid legal exposure to the employer when directing employees to return to work.

This session will discuss:

  • What precautions do employers need to take when reopening the workplace eg temperature checks, requesting medical reports – are these measures reasonable
  • Employees refusing to return to the workplace or to perform certain duties
  • Hazard Pay – Does this expose the employer to any legal risks?
  • How will the workplace change after COVID-19? Managing the physical space.
  • Self-Isolation and Quarantine -  Do employers need to pay employees when self-isolating or in quarantine who have not yet been diagnosed with COVID 19? What if this becomes a recurring issue from the same employee?
  • Can employers direct employees to download the Covid-Safe App?

Presented by: Alison BakerPartner, Hall & Wilcox