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5 December 2023
At a time when questions of characterising work relationships are evolving at pace, an understanding of the scope and operation of ‘set off’ in industrial law has perhaps never been so important. Despite several Federal Court judgments over the past several years grappling with industrial law ‘set off’ – including Workpac Pty Ltd v Rossato, Wardman v Macquarie Bank Ltd, and Fair Work Ombudsman v Transpetrol – a range of legal and practical questions remain. How ‘close’ is the required correlation? What happens where the underpayment arises from a failure by the parties to create the type of relationship they intended? Over what period can one set off? How does set-off fit with s 545 of the Fair Work Act?
This session aims both to explore those questions and identify the likely battle lines of future cases.
9 May 2023
Australia is currently experiencing the most significant reforms to the law of sexual harassment in decades. This session will provide a detailed understanding of the definition of sexual harassment in the current landscape. The session will also examine the focus on positive duties and new procedural options in the recent reforms.
Finally, the session will look ahead to the proposed requirements on Victorian employers to report to WorkSafe Victoria and meet other obligations in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace under psychological health regulations.
21 April 2022
This session will focus on these recent High Court decisions and how it has affected the state of the law. What is the importance of the written contract? How useful is the multifactorial checklist that has guided the characterisation process the last few decades? How will these decisions affect the behaviour of employers and employees, including those in gig economies or using tripartite models? Where will the battle lines be drawn in future case? Senior counsel who appeared in these High Court cases, Mark Irving QC and Marc Felman S.C., will be sharing their insights while Jennifer Batrouney AM QC, counsel appearing in Dental Corporation Pty Ltd v Moffet  FCAFC 118, will be chairing the session and providing her own insights including how the characterisation issue intercepts with taxation law.
8 November 2021
Claims arising from sexual assault or harassment can be complex. The seminar will canvas the causes of action available to a person who has been sexually assaulted or harassed, including actions available under discrimination laws, common law and the law regulating WorkCover.
Discrimination laws prohibit, and the common law regulates through tort, some sexual harassment. State and federal Acts and the common law adopt different rules that attribute liability to employers for that conduct. The application of those rules can lead to an employer’s direct (primary), vicarious or accessorial liability. The contours of these rules of attribution will be discussed.
On 2 September 2021, the Federal Government’s Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 passed both houses of Parliament. It adopts six of the 55 recommendations made in last year’s Respect@Work:National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The reforms brought about by the Respect@Work legislation will be outlined.
19 October 2021
Australia’s economy is changing. Rapid advances in technology, social media, the new forms of work, and the start-up phenomenon, have all changed the way in which Australian business treats its intellectual property, trade secrets and know how. The protection of confidential information, and the detection of its misuse, is only going to assume increasing importance as these changes to our economy continue to evolve.
Breach of confidence claims can be fast paced, high stakes, and stressful for both plaintiff and defendant. They can be just as stressful for the legal advisers and the Court. The purpose of this session is to discuss the tips and traps for running a breach of confidence claim, and in particular, the initial stages of seeking interlocutory relief. The session will cover tips and traps from both the plaintiff and defendant perspective.
Deloitte’s Forensic Services team will explain the new software available to business to protect confidential information and detect its misuse – evidence will no longer be just about email searches, log in tracking and USB tracing.
24 June 2021
Conciliation is a staple element of any proceeding in the Fair Work Commission. Mediation is a standard step in any court proceeding. It is important for industrial lawyers (and sophisticated clients) not to miss an important opportunity to fully explore the prospects of resolving, or at least narrowing the issues in dispute, in matters.
This session will focus on some of the specific issues that arise in industrial law proceedings. How does mediation differ from conciliation? Why have both? What types of matters might benefit from pre-trial mediation? Is arbitration a realistic alternative? Should the approach differ when in mediations with regulators? Consideration will also be given to practical matters such as preparation for mediation, how best to manage the psychological byplay that often arises, and how to break through roadblocks during mediations.
The speakers in this seminar address two key issues that have emerged in the law about how the Fair Work Act 2009 conceives of “industrial action” and when action of that kind might be denied legal protection.
In recent times a substantial body of law has developed, in the Fair Work Commission, as to the requirements for making and approving enterprise agreements; and in the Courts, as to the availability of judicial review of decisions of the Commission. This seminar considers recent…
In the seminar, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria, the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal will each explore emerging practice areas, as well as highlighting those practice areas that are static or shrinking.
The Annual Industrial Law Update CPD took place on 15 October 2018 discussed:
Senior representatives of the three major regulators in industrial law will speak about recent developments in their areas. Mark Irving chairs a discussion by three major regulators in the industrial law field. Cathy Cato, Acting Commissioner of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, The Hon Neil Jessup, former Federal Court Judge, and Janine Webster, Chief Counsel of the Fair Work Ombudsman, discuss recent development in their respective areas.
The Hon. Justice Mordy Bromberg, along with Steven Moore QC, Kate Burke and Brendan Avallone discuss a range of topics in Employment and Industrial Relations Law, including trends in the National Practice Area, sham contracting, the Fair Work Commission award review and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Speaker(s): Chair: Dr Victoria Lambropoulos Speakers: Justice McDonald-Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Head of Industrial Relations and Employment Law List of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Ieradiaconou-Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Paul O'Grady QC, Joel Fetter-Barrister, Dr Victoria Lambropoulos-Barrister
This CPD session discusses trends on the Employment and Industrial List of the Supreme Court of Victoria, focusing on post employment restraints and injunctions, Corporations Act issues concerning employees and many other topics.
This seminar discusses serious misconduct, summary dismissal and employment contracts, with a focus on the case of Melbourne Stadiums Limited v Sautner (2015) FCAFC 20. The seminar is presented by barrister Jonathon Forbes and senior Deakin University Law Lecturer Dr. Victoria Lambropoulos. The presentations are followed by a Q & A session, moderated by Paul O’Grady S.C.
In this Q&A Session, Stuart Wood QC discusses recent developments in industrial and employment law with practical insights into the process and procedure in the Fair Work Tribunal and Federal Court in Employment cases.
This is a panel session for the legal profession as a whole attended, not only by members of the Bar, but also by solicitors and in-house counsel practising in the area of industrial law. The seminar focusses on the development of industrial law, particularly in relation to under payments, directors and accessories liability. Stuart Wood QC chairs the session.