Employment Law Full Day Conference
Start time 24 Sep 2020 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 24 Sep 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Live Stream Only
Speaker See Full Program
Catering Not Included
Designed for Legal Practioners
Product Code C20018
Total CPD Units: 6.0

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

Employment Law Full Day Conference

24 Sep 2020 9:00am - 24 Sep 2020 4:00pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Live Stream Only


Hear From The Fair Work Commission 

Hear from Vice President Catanzariti who will discuss the latest developments and updates throughout these unprecedented times. Don’t miss this chance to hear from the Fair Work Commission.


Presented by: Vice President Catanzariti AM, Fair Work Commission

ALERT! Redundancies and Stand downs

This session will discuss in detail the stand down provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and will discuss the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee, and the implications that can arise both now and in the future when standing down employees or redundancies during this pandemic. Given that current circumstances are unprecedented and the lack of case law in this area, this session is not to be missed by employment lawyers! This session will discuss:

  • Reducing hours by mutual agreement
  • Standing down employees under s 524 of the Fair Work Act
  • Employee entitlements during stand down
  • Redundancies- including justification based on short term impact of COVID-19.
  • Solutions-redeployment.

Presented by: Daniel Victory, Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Employment Law – Latest Developments 

Workplace laws are changing rapidly including in order to address the unique problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This session is designed for practitioners who want to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, particularly those responding to the pandemic,  and will examine the critical changes and highlight emerging issues.

This session will cover:

Covid-19 related changes:

  • A review of key legislative changes for workplaces arising from COVID-19;
  • Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulation 2020;
  • Paid pandemic leave;
  • Potential changes to the Job Keeper scheme post September 2020 including implementation strategies and steps to assist your client through this process.

Other recent developments:

  • New employment thresholds from 1 July 2020;
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman's strategic priorities for 2020-21;
  • Wage Theft Act 2020;
  • Victorian Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Act 2019;
  • The Disability Worker Regulation Scheme;
  • Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) 2020.

Presented by: Sean Selleck, Partner, Baker & McKenzie


Sara Summerbell, Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie

Significant and Recent Case Update 2020

Our presenter will discuss the most significant employment law cases that have arisen throughout 2020. This is your ultimate case update! Cases up to September 2020 to be covered including:

  • Broadlex Services Pty Ltd v United Workers’ Union [2020] FCA 867;
  • WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84
  • CVSG Electrical Construction Pty Ltd [2020] FWCFB 174;
  • Fair Work Ombudsman v Blue Sky Kids Land Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2020] FCA 718;
  • Qantas Airways Ltd v Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association [2020] FCA 682.

Presented by: Michelle Dawson, Principal Lawyer and Accredited Workplace Relations Specialist, DWF (Australia)

COVID-19 - Workplace Surveillance and Privacy

With most employees working remotely, are employers looking for more sophisticated and wider ranging methods of surveilling employees?

This session will address this question and specifically cover:

  • What is overreach by employers and deemed to be a breach of privacy
  • What are the rights and entitlements of employers and employees
  • (Covid) tracing by employers monitoring mobile phones- Using covid as a reason to increase surveillance on employee’s movements by the use of mobile phone apps and other tracking technologies
  • Surveillance that encroaches on an employee’s private workspace at home
  • Work laptops – internet usage and log in / log off
  • Workplace cameras and audio devices

Presented by: Lisa Fitzgerald, Partner, Lander & Rogers

Employer Risks and Legal Obligations – COVID-19

This session will cover essential and timely considerations arising from the following:

  • Mandatory Masks and Social Distancing in the workplace –the new normal. Scenarios will also bring a practical twist to this session.
  • OHS - additional or new risks arising from working remotely or social isolation including:

  • Employee Mental Health & Well-Being- signs to look for, conversations with employees, minimum resources and help required to be offered, when employees claim as a reason to underperform or not comply with directions.
  • Injury whilst working from home including non-work related risks- Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer v Hill [2020] NSWCA 54

Presented by: Cameron Hannebery, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers Lawyers

Drafting Employment Law Contracts - Responding to COVID-19

This session will discuss the essential provisions in employment contracts in response to COVID-19. It will also address negotiations to amend current contracts. Specifically, this session will discuss the following:

  • New employment law contracts including essential clauses to safeguard against COVID-19 implications;
  • Reduced hours;
  • Salary reduction;
  • Termination of contracts.

Presented by: Joel Fetter, Barrister, Victorian Bar