WHS Law agenda 2020 -virtual seminar

Tuesday 17 November 2020 – This event will be held online via Zoom


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

Penny Stevens, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw; Marissa Dreher, Counsel, 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

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

Jon Lovell, Partner, Ashurst

Emilie Maddox, Senior Associate, 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

Cassandra Collier, Special Counsel, MinterEllison


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

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

Sam Jackson, Partner, Sparke Helmore

 17.00 End of conference