Canberra WHS Law agenda 2020

Monday 9 November 2020, QT Hotel, Canberra


08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Employers’ responsibilities and best practices responding to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Assessing employers’ liability to effectively respond to the pandemic
  • Considering the application of appropriate controls to manage workplace safety
  • Applying hygiene measures and ensuring workplaces are ready for social distancing
  • Reviewing your risk management focus on work-related travel and client interaction
  • Dealing with potential discrimination and adverse action claims due to employee flexibility

Nicole Platt, Partner, Griffin Legal


Navigating safety precautions with working from home

  • What are the practices employers can put in place to keep employees safe when they work from home?
  • What are employers’ duties and how far do these duties extend?
  • Creating workplace flexibility while driving efficiency
  • Adopting to changes of work structures and preparing for long-term workplace arrangements
  • Effectively responding to workplace health and safety risks related to work from home

Sarah Goodhew, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

10.40 Morning Tea

Managing psychosocial risk factors and supporting for mental health in the workplace

  • Understanding employers’ obligations to monitor mental health
  • Discovering emerging psychological risks and work-related stress
  • Dealing with employees’ anxiety about remote working
  • Implementing prevention measures and risk management strategies
  • Exploring practical steps to balance performance management and support for mental health

Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks


Managing return to work processes in psychological injury claims

  • Understanding the potential influencing matters to facilitate a quick return to work
  • What is “reasonable management action” during performance management?
  • Preparing a return to work plan to minimise the duration and costs of claims
  • Enabling appropriate workplace adjustments for injured workers
  • Dealing with difficult return to work cases
  • What is the premium impact?

Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers

12.40 Lunch

Roundtable discussion: Understanding “reasonably practicable” to reduce health and safety risks

  • How to define “reasonably practicable” and what are the matters taking into account?
  • Eliminating health and safety risks that are reasonably and practicable
  • Looking into cases of reasonably practicable
  • What practices you can your organisation put in place?

Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers


Exploring cases in industrial manslaughter and individual liability

  • Discovering the latest developments in industrial manslaughter
  • Understanding individual liability and directors’ duty to comply with WHS obligations
  • What compliance and assurance actually looks like for senior personnel?
  • Discussing cases and examples that officers are guilty of industrial manslaughter
  • Preparing your business with updated legislation

Elissa Speight, Partner, Ashurst


Afternoon tea


Developing an effective contractor management program

  • Obligations owed to contractors
  • Developing a contractor management system
  • Dealing with workplace incidents involving contractors and subcontractors

Kirsty Easdale, Senior Associate, MinterEllison


2020 Vision – What we learned in WHS this year (that affected us all)

  • Bushfires
  • Pandemics
  • Supply chains
  • Mental Health
  • Resilience

Maxine Feletti, Partner, Sparke Helmore

 17.00 End of conference