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October 11, 2022 | 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM AEDT

In-person event |   


Level 4/20 Hunter St

Sydney NSW 2000

Members: $0
Non-members: Member Only Event
Non-members In-House Counsel: Member Only Event
Practice Management and Business Skills

Overview (Program Summary)

With a new Labor government elected, and the recent Jobs Summit, employment law reform is firmly on the agenda. Will there be a new IR Bill? Do Gig workers need additional protections? What does a more broad implementation of the Respect@Work recommendations mean for your workplace? Will parental leave change? Employment law expert Michael Byrnes will discuss  these questions and what else the new government might have in store to shake up employment relations and create more jobs. Join us for a roundtable  lunch at Swaab's offices moderated by Salesforce Senior Director of Global Employment Law, Lori Middlehurst.


Michael Byrnes

Michael Byrnes, Partner - Employment, Workplace Health and Safety

I am a work­place rela­tions lawyer with over 20 years’ expe­ri­ence in assist­ing clients nav­i­gate employ­ment, dis­crim­i­na­tion and work health and safe­ty issues. I advise on all aspects of the employ­ment rela­tion­ship includ­ing employ­ment con­tracts, mod­ern awards and enter­prise agree­ments, anti-dis­­crim­i­­na­­tion and diver­si­ty, sex­u­al harass­ment, bully­ing, per­for­mance and con­duct, man­ag­ing ill­ness and injury, indus­tri­al dis­putes, unfair dis­missal, adverse action/​general pro­tec­tions, con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion, post-employ­ment restraints and WHS. 

I am an expe­ri­enced advo­cate, under­take com­plex work­place inves­ti­ga­tions and deliv­er bespoke train­ing on employ­ment law issues (includ­ing at board level).

I am a co-author of the pub­li­ca­tions ​‘Anno­tat­ed Fair Work Act & Relat­ed Leg­is­la­tion’ and ​‘Fair Work: A user-friend­ly guide’. As well as reg­u­lar­ly pre­sent­ing at sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences, I am fre­quent­ly called upon for expert opin­ion in the media. I have appeared on var­i­ous radio seg­ments and been quot­ed in pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing The Aus­tralian Finan­cial Review, The Age, ABC News, Lawyers Week­ly, Work­place Express, OHS Alert, Smart­Com­pa­ny and InThe­Black on work­place rela­tions and WHS law issues.


*Competitor Exclusion – ACC Australia Partner’s may request that representative/s of a competitor organisation/s registered for the event be excluded, and ACC Australia reserves the right to make the final decision as to whether a registration is rejected. As a guide, a competitor organisation could be defined as a rival organisation of similar size to the host  Corporate Partner, with an established practice, product or service in the area being showcased by the Corporate Partner’s at the event. Please provide a brief statement as to why you have deemed an organisation to be a competitor, in support of any request to ACC Australia to reject a registration.

*Please note this is a members only event.


Credits: 1.5 CPD points
Category: Practice management and business skills

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