Employee Relations

2015/16 Annual Report

The Employment Relations Committee is a strong and vibrant group of lawyers in Western Australia who practice in the fields of employment, industrial relations and diversity (including discrimination and harassment).

The Committee is a bi-partisan committee which draws together lawyers from a range of different backgrounds including both employer and union as well as government, employee and in-house counsel. The Committee is representative of large, small and regional law firms along with those sole practitioners and currently at the Bar.

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 bipartisan cause and largely refrains from making submissions on proposed legislative changes in order to maintain its neutrality.

On 13 January 2016 the Committee received a resignation from long-standing committee member and Deputy Convenor Melanie Binet who informed us that she had been appointed a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission in Perth. The Committee were elated to hear of Ms Binet’s appointment and wish her all the very best in her new role.

The Committee has arranged for a number of speaker events to occur in September 2016 as well as an employment feature for Brief. The Committee also look to host a joint event with the Australian Labour Lawyers Association in Perth later this year. A major focus of discussion in 2015/16 has been investigating the possibility of an employment law specialist accreditation system. Further discussion around the utility of this accreditation system will continue into 2017.

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