Canberra WHS Law agenda

Workplace Health & Safety Law Agenda

Canberra – Friday 22 November 2019

 

08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair
09.10

National Review of the model WHS laws

 
  • Discussing the outcomes of the review
  • Understanding the key recommendations for changes to the Model WHS Laws
  • Considering the implications for Victorian laws
  • Understanding the next steps
 

Nicole Platt, Partner, Griffin Legal

9.55

The wellbeing and mental health conundrum – building a mental health program to create a respectful, healthy and productive workplace

 
  • What is employer’s duty to prevent mental health risks within your workplace?
  • Exploring the most recent evidence that mental health program has a clear return on investment
  • Building evidence based strategic interventions
  • Exploring the legal tools, business metrics and strategic responses to mental health issues
 

Kim McLagan, Principal Lawyer, FCW Lawyers

10.40 Morning Tea
11.10

Effectively dealing with workplace bullying and harassment

 
  • Understanding the importance of strong and accountable actions from HR
  • Responding quickly once it occurs
  • Taking mitigating actions
  • Managing expectations, processes and privacy
  • Investigations and alternatives
  • Monitoring welfare and planning for the post-investigation phase
 

Catherine Dunlop, Partner, Maddocks

 11.55

Dealing with serious WHS incidents for effective crisis management

 
  • What are employers’ obligations when serious workplace incidents happen?
  • Managing serious incidents within 48 hours for effective initial response
  • Submitting written notification to regulators
  • Conducting incident investigations
 

Maxine Feletti, Partner, Sparke Helmore

12.40 Lunch
13.40

Understanding directors’ duty and ensuring compliance with individual prosecution

 
  • Exercising due diligence to comply with WHS obligations
  • Exploring current developments in personal liability
  • Understanding officer liability in major incidents
  • What penalties employers may face?
 

Kirsty Easdale, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison

14.25

Exploring practical strategies for effective contractor management in the ACT

 
  • Discussing specific requirements for managing contractors in the ACT
  • Dealing with workplace incidents involving contractors and subcontractors
  • Exploring practical approaches for managing safety with contractors
 

William Ward, Practice Leader, Employment & Workplace Relations, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers

15.10

Afternoon tea

15.40

Exploring practical steps to balance performance management and support for mental health

 
  • Reducing psychological hazards in performance management process
  • Improving managers’ capability in identifying the early warning sign of mental health issues
  • What’s employer’s duty once an employee with a mental health issue has been identified?
  • Performance managing employee suffering with psychological injuries
  • Discussing termination of employment of an employee with a mental health issue
 

Elissa Speight, Partner, Ashurst

16.20

Managing return to work process and facilitating a quick return to work

 
  • Minimising the duration and costs of claims for an efficient case management
  • Intervening early and enabling workplace adjustments for workers to stay at work whilst recovering from injury
  • What are the impacts of long return to work process to employers?
  • Handling difficult return to work cases
 

Bede Gahan, Partner, HWL Ebsworth

 17.00 End of conference