Melbourne WHS Law agenda

Workplace Health & Safety Law Agenda

Tuesday 12 November 2019, Stamford Plaza Melbourne


08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

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

Marie Costa, Special Counsel, Corrs Chambers Westgarth


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

Graham Dent, Principal Lawyer, FCW Lawyers

10.40 Morning Tea

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


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

Sam Jackson, Special Counsel, Sparke Helmore

12.40 Lunch

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?

Cassandra Collier, Special Counsel, Minter Ellison


Exploring recent cases in industrial manslaughter legislation

  • Understanding the increased regulatory scrutiny for WHS breaches
  • In what cases the senior officer is guilty of industrial manslaughter
  • Preparing your business for the updated industrial manslaughter legislation

Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills


Afternoon tea


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

Jon Lovell, Partner, Ashurst


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

Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

 17.00 End of conference