Australia's leading biannual employment law event on issues shaping HR

HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE

Brisbane | 12th March
Sydney | 14th March
Canberra | 15th March
Melbourne | 20th March
Perth | 22nd March

 

Significant changes are happening in IR/ER/HR law, including new approaches to agreements, approaches to workplace mental health, performance management, terminations, workplace investigations, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, injury management, and redundancies or redeployments.  

2018 will be an interesting year with a more systematic approach to compliance needed in relation to new liability provisions for Modern Slavery provisions, adverse actions, and accessorial liability. Then, what's next?
 
What changes could be brought in if there is a change in government? Will there be broader ranging implications from recent FWA amendments?
 
The HR Law Masterclass Conference is Australia’s leading biannual employment law event series featuring case example presentations and panel discussions that have recently shaped HR. 
 
This one day event is a conference style program, but is literally an intense masterclass providing up to the minute insight from leading legal minds across the country. Hear from more than 15 legal experts in your home city and understand recent case law plus workplace relations changes which impact you. Over 2,000 attendees have joined this series since 2014. 

 

HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE TOPICS AT A GLANCE

  • Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • RTW, and workplace injury management
  • Performance management processes
  • Misconduct-based workplace investigations - procedural fairness and duty of care
  • Terminations, and minimising the chance of unfair dismissal claims
  • Adverse actions: Triggers; procedural issues; remedies and penalties
  • Redundancies, restructures and redeployments
  • Related entities, procurement chains, and the Modern Slavery Act
  • Enterprise Bargaining Agreements tips, traps and trends
  • Sexual harassment, and the huge boom in sexual harassment claims and cases
  • Bullying and harassment prevention and management
  • Employment law trends over the next year, and the future of work

HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE 2017 TESTIMONIALS

"Exceptional masterclass with industry leaders presenting relevant and current materials & examples". HR Advisor
 
"What a great opportunity to have access to legal knowledge in the one place! Topics were relevant to current issues". HR & Recruitment Advisor
 
"Valuable session for an overview of comprehensive HR & employment law matters". In-house Counsel
 
"Good networking. Good opportunity to hear legal perspectives." Senior manager, People & Performance
   
"Great opportunity to keep abreast of case law developments within the field". HR Manager
 
"Very informative & engaging. Cases discussed were relevant. Great speakers, good presentations and great material". Head of Talent Acquisition
 
"Good opportunity to get across recent material and have access to employment law professionals." HR Officer
 
"Great conference to attend, which addresses valuable content concerning HR professionals on law matters" Workforce Manager
 
"Good practical discussion, examples and tips. Very approachable presenters". Employee Relations manager
 
"Super interesting case laws. Great to get legal views on different scenarios." HR Advisor.
  

HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE AGENDA

Monday,12th March,Brisbane
Wednesday,14th March,Sydney
Thursday,15th March,Canberra
Tuesday,20th March,Melbourne
Thursday,22nd March,Perth

08:30

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

09:00

MORNING CHAIRPERSONS' OPENING ADDRESS
BRISBANE: Neil Baker, Director – People & Culture, Cooper Grace Ward  
SYDNEY: Maree Skinner, Partner, DibbsBarker 
CANBERRA: Rory Markham, Director, Litigation – Employment and Risk Management, Chamberlains 
MELBOURNE: Maree Skinner, Partner, DibbsBarker 
PERTH: Nicholas Marouchak, Director, MKI Legal

09:10

Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace – Your duty of care
BRISBANE: Shannon Chapman, Counsel, Ashurst
SYDNEY: Talia Firth, Senior Associate, Ashurst
CANBERRA : Monica Campbell, Senior Associate, Ashurst
MELBOURNE : Emilie Maddox, Senior Associate, Ashurst
PERTH: Julia Sutherland, Counsel, Ashurst

09:40

Return To Work, and workplace injury management
BRISBANE: Rachel Drew, Partner, Workplace Relations & Safety, Holding Redlich
SYDNEY: Michael Selinger, Workplace Relations & Safety, Holding Redlich
CANBERRA(09:45): TBA
MELBOURNE: TBA 
PERTH: Stephen Williams, Partner, Insurance & Risk, Employment & Workplace Safety, Kott Gunning

10:10

Performance Management Processes

BRISBANE: Annie Smeaton, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward
SYDNEY: Stephen Marriott, Senior Associate, Moray & Agnew
CANBERRA (10:20) : Stephen Marriott, Senior Associate, Moray & Agnew
MELBOURNE : David Dilger, Partner, Employment & Safety, Page Seager
PERTH: Nikita Barsby, Senior Associate, MDC Legal
 

10:40

MORNING TEA 
BRISBANE,SYDNEY,MELBOURNE,PERTH
CANBERRA(10:55) 

11:10

Misconduct-based workplace investigations - procedural fairness and duty of care
BRISBANE: Martin Osborne, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
SYDNEY: Sally Woodward, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
CANBERRA (11:30) : Sarah Ralph, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
MELBOURNE : Helene Lee, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
PERTH: Samantha Maddern, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
 

11:40

Terminations, and minimising the chance of unfair dismissal claims
BRISBANE: Lydia Daly, Special Counsel, McCullough Robertson
SYDNEY: Julie Kneebone, Senior associate, Employment and Industrial Relations, Sparke Helmore 
CANBERRA (12:05): Ian Bennett, Senior Associate, Workplace, Sparke Helmore
MELBOURNE: Diana Diaz, Senior Associate, Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety, Mills Oakley
PERTH: Jo Alilovic,Director,3D HR Legal

12:40

NETWORKING LUNCH
BRISBANE,SYDNEY,MELBOURNE,PERTH
CANBERRA(12:35) 
 
AFTERNOON CHAIRPERSONS' :
BRISBANE: Neil Baker, Director – People & Culture, Cooper Grace Ward 
SYDNEY: Persephone Forster, Senior Associate, Kennedys
CANBERRA: Rory Markham, Director, Litigation – Employment and Risk Management, Chamberlains
MELBOURNE: Justin Le Blond, Partner, Kennedys
PERTH: Stefan Banovich, Director, MKI Legal
 

12:10

Adverse actions: Triggers; procedural issues; remedies and penalties
BRISBANE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, PERTH:David Bates, Team Leader / Strategic Consultant, Harmers Workplace Lawyers 
CANBERRA (13:40):Justin Le Blond, Partner; & Persephone Forster, Senior Associate, Kennedys

13:40

Related entities, your procurement chain, and the Modern Slavery Act
BRISBANE: Nick Le Mare, Partner, Workplace Relations, Workplace Relations, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
SYDNEY: Ruth Nocka, Special Counsel, Workplace Relations, Corrs Chambers Westgarth 
CANBERRA: N/A (this session is in all locations except Canberra)
MELBOURNE: Chris Leong, Special Counsel, Workplace Relations, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
PERTH: Rosemary Roach, Consultant, Workplace Relations, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

14:10

Enterprise bargaining agreements tips, traps and trends
BRISBANE: Christa Lenard, Partner, K&L Gates 
SYDNEY: Elizabeth Ferrier, Special Counsel, K&L Gates
CANBERRA: N/A (this session is in all locations except Canberra)
MELBOURNE: Michaela Moloney, Partner, K&L Gates
PERTH: Rebecca Taseff, Special Counsel, K&L Gates

14:40

AFTERNOON TEA
BRISBANE,SYDNEY,MELBOURNE,PERTH
CANBERRA(14:50) 

15:10

The Weinstein effect: Managing inappropriate conduct in the workplace
BRISBANE: Hedy Cray, Partner; & Laura Hillman, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz
SYDNEY: Cilla Robinson, Partner; & Rebecca Byun, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz
CANBERRA (14:15): Emily Shoemark, Senior Associate, Snedden Hall & Gallop
MELBOURNE: Stuart Pill, Partner; & Allison Shannon, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz
PERTH: Matthew Kelleher, Senior Associate, Clayton Utz 

15:40

Bullying and harassment prevention and management
BRISBANE: Tegen Downes, Senior Associate, Colin Biggers Paisley
SYDNEY: Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks
CANBERRA(15:25): Brigid Clark, Senior Associate, Maddocks 
MELBOURNE: Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks
PERTH: Mike Baldwin, Special Counsel, Employment Law and Workplace Safety, Kott Gunning 

16:10

Panel discussion: Employment law trends over the next year, and the future of work 
BRISBANE:
Panel Moderator: Neil Baker, Director – People & Culture, Cooper Grace Ward  
Panelists:
Vince Rogers, Partner, Ashurst
Kathy Dalton, Partner, DLA Piper
Catherine Berry, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
SYDNEY:
Panel Moderator: Chris McArdle, Principal Lawyer, McArdle Legal 
Panelists:
Trent Sebbens, Partner, Ashurst
Nicholas Turner, Head of Employment Group, DLA Piper
Drew Pearson, Partner; or Emma Krasenstein, Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills
Aaron Goonrey, Partner, Lander & Rogers 
CANBERRA(16:00):
Panel moderator: Claire Carton, Managing Partner, Griffin Legal
Panelists:
Alison Spivey, Consultant, Employment, Ashurst
Nicholas Turner, Head of Employment Group, DLA Piper
William Ward, Special Counsel, Accredited Specialist Employment & IR Law, Meyer Vandenberg
Gabrielle Sullivan, Director of Employment and Workplace Relations, BAL Lawyers 
MELBOURNE:
Panel moderator: Martin Alden, Partner, Head of Employment and Industrial Relations, Cornwall Stodart  
Panelists:
George Cooper, Partner, Ashurst
Rick Catanzariti, Partner, DLA Piper
Nicholas Ogilvie, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
PERTH:
Panel moderator:
Mark Cox, Director, MDC Legal
Panelists:
Rob Lilburne, Partner, Ashurst
Leanne Nickels, Partner, DLA Piper
Anna Creegan, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
 

16:50

CLOSING REMARKS FROM CHAIRPERSONS'(CANBERRA:16:40)

17:00

CONFERENCE CLOSE & NETWORKING DRINKS (CANBERRA:16:50)

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HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Sydney, Melbourne: Maree Skinner

Partner

DibbsBarker

Canberra: Rory Markham

Director, Litigation – Employment and Risk Management

Chamberlains

Brisbane: Shannon Chapman

Counsel

Ashurst

Sydney: Talia Firth

Senior Associate

Ashurst

Canberra: Monica Campbell

Senior Associate

Ashurst

Melbourne: Emilie Maddox

Senior Associate

Ashurst

Perth: Julia Sutherland

Counsel

Ashurst

Perth: Nikita Barsby

Senior Associate

MDC Legal

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WHY ATTEND THE HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE

  • Learn from recent case law
  • Receive an HR Law Masterclass reference workbook to take back to the office
  • Reduce your legal risks
  • Improve compliance
  • Access to interviews and articles through Employment Law Matters

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE

  • Heads of HR
  • Heads of people & culture
  • Industrial Relations managers
  • Inhouse Counsel
  • HR Advisors
  • HR Business Partners
  • Employee Relations managers
  • Risk managers
  • Company directors and senior management

HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE 2017 TESTIMONIALS

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HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE LOCATION

The HR LAW MASTERCLASS CONFERENCE will be held in a hotel in the CBD of :

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
 
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