Sydney agenda

WHS Law – Sydney, 29 October 2015

8.30 Registration
9.00 Opening remarks from the chair
9.10 Managing workplace bullying and harassment
  • Bullying and harassment jurisdiction updates
  • Developing effective bullying policies and procedures in your organisation
  • Preventing and responding to bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • Meeting employers’ duties to manage the risks of workplace bullying
Jeremy Limpens, Managing Director, Jeremy Limpens Consulting
  • Managing employees’ fitness for duty
  • Identifying the inherent requirements of a position
  • What evidence is required of an employee’s fitness for duty?
  • How fitness for duty interacts with the performance improvement/performance management process?
  • Effective management of employment terminations on the basis of fitness for duty
Sina Mostafavi, Senior Associate, People + Culture Strategies
10.40 Morning Coffee
11.10 Effective performance management in your workplace
  • Managing under performance and poor conduct
  • Mitigating the legal risks associated with performance management
  • Hallmarks of successful performance management
Carlie Holt, Partner, Work Health and Safety Law, Sparke Helmore
11.55 Preventing psychological injuries from a corporate perspective
  • What are the employer’s duty of care responsibilities under workplace and safety legislation
  • Developing integrated mental health strategies for the workplace – policies, systems and people capabilities
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary intervention approaches
  • Identifying and mitigating psychosocial hazards
David Burroughs, Principal Psychologist and Managing Director, CommuniCorp Group
12.40 Lunch
13.40 Managing injured employees and facilitating return to work
  • Supporting injured employees after injury happens
  • Communicating effectively with injured employees
  • Dealing with the process for different types of injury claims
  • Implementing effective return to work programs
Trent Forno, Partner, Minter Ellison
14.25 Strategic workplace dispute resolution
  • Understanding the procedures and processes for resolving workplace issues
  • Determining which procedure to apply
  • Third party involvement in the resolution of disputes
Jonathan Wright, Director and Principal, Workdynamic Australia
15.10 Afternoon tea
15.40 Effective lawful termination of employment
  • What are the employers’ rights to terminate employees that endanger themselves or other workers?
  • How to lawfully investigate an allegation of unsafe conduct and make the decision to terminate?
  • Understanding employees’ unfair dismissal right in these circumstances
  • How does this interact with the statutory obligation to maintain a safe workplace?
Trent Forno, Partner, Minter Ellison
  • OHS incident response and crisis management
  • Understanding and prioritising actions needed to be taken in the first 24 hours
  • Strategies to respond to emergency services, safety regulators, unions, HSR’s and media
  • Scoping the internal investigation and communicating with employees, family, clients and insurers
  • Strategies to return operations to normal in a timely manner
Cormack Dunn, Special counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills
17.00 End of conference
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