Employee Relations

2016/17 Annual Report

The Employee Relations Committee is represented by practitioners who practice in the fields of employment, industrial relations and diversity (including discrimination and harassment).

The fields of law dealt with by the Committee are subject to considerable legislative change from time to time depending on the Government of the day. As a result, the Committee remains committed to its bi-partisan cause and largely refrains from making submissions to the Law Society’s Council on proposed legislative changes in order to maintain its neutrality.

The Committee consulted with other Law Society committees for a number of events in 2016/17 as well as an employment feature for Brief. In March 2017, the Law Society hosted a joint event with the Australian Labour Lawyers Association in Perth with Justice Barker, Deputy President Binet and Commissioner Emmanuel. The Committee also had a dinner with Deputy President Binet (the former Deputy Convenor of the Committee) towards the end of 2016 to formally congratulate her on her appointment to the Fair Work Commission.

A focus of considerable debate and thought for the Committee this year was around non-lawyers performing legal work. The Committee contributed to the Law Society’s paper concerning unqualified people engaging in legal practice which investigated a number of areas of law, including workplace relations, where non-lawyers are likely to engage in legal work.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au