Employment law in the new age: the future of work

Wednesday 21st September, 2016 9:00 am – Wednesday 21st September, 2016 12:30 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace PERTH

The nature of work is changing and employment law must keep up. This informative seminar tackles how these changes are altering the employment law landscape with three insightful speakers presenting on:

Occupational safety and health considerations in the workplace of the “twenty-tens”

The traditional workplace is no more, employers are commonly wholly contracting out work, meeting temporary or shorter term resource deficiencies by bringing contractors and labour hire workers in to the workplace and employees are more commonly working remotely or from home. Our experience speaker focuses on the different occupational safety and health obligations and considerations that employers now face as a result focusing on:

• Occupational safety and health obligations arising from the use of contractors and labour hire workers
• The “joint workplace” – where contractors, labour hire workers and employees work together
• Beyond the walls – working from home
• Practical considerations

The Future of Work

The future of work focuses on changes in the workplace and future trends in particular:

• alternative working arrangements and the growing requirement for flexibility
• the rise of the insecure or contingent workforce and use of contractors
• the changing nature of service providers
• the increasing impact of technology on working arrangements
• the risks associated with reduced personal interactions in the workplace
• data security risks and increased requirements to protect confidential information

Disciplinary and performance issues in the context of social media and conduct beyond the workplace

Not so long ago, there was a clearer line between work and play – between conduct at work and employees’ private lives, with the latter being none of the employer’s business. Now, due to advances in technology (particularly information technology), the expansive reach of social media, and because employees increasingly work from anywhere, the boundary between work life and private life has blurred. More frequently, what an employee does outside of the workplace, and outside of work hours, can impact on the employment relationship. When it has a negative impact, employers may be justified in taking disciplinary action for what may have once been considered off-limits private behaviour. Take a look at the principles and some ‘lurid’ cases.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

  • 3 points Competency 4 Substantive Law


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