Session Start: 6:30pm
Event Concludes: 8:30pm
From WORK-CHOICES, to the Fair Work Act, and beyond: what 'change the rules' might mean with a
change in Federal Government
Businesses rely on their HR and IR teams to stay current with
potential and forthcoming changes in the workplace relations
landscape. After nearly 10 years, Australian employers are
becoming ‘comfortable’ with the Fair Work Act. Precedents
have been established and we are much more knowledgeable
in the areas of enterprise bargaining, unfair dismissal, adverse
action and the like.
Australia will see a federal election
this year, and industrial relations will again be a focus for the
ACTU, and the Labor Party. The ACTU is lobbying for a number
of changes to the Fair Work Act and these changes have the
potential to impact employers from both an HR and an IR
Although we do not yet know the agenda,
employers can expect changes to be discussed in areas such as
penalty rates (the reversal of the recent Sunday trading
changes); enterprise bargaining and protected industrial
action; franchisee obligations; flexible working; and, casual
worker right to permanency. Taken singularly or together,
these potential changes are material and it is suggested that
organisations would benefit from considering the impact
relative to their workplace.
Speaker: Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox, Lecturer, Curtin School of Management
Eileen is an experienced HR/IR professional and Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in higher education, not for profit, and listed organisations. Prior to transitioning to academia on a full time basis, Eileen worked with Talent2 as General Manager, Asia Pacific, and more recently as Head of HR Management with HBF.
Eileen is skilled in Industrial Relations, HR Consulting, Performance Management, Employee Relations, and Talent Management. Her PhD from Curtin University focused on Industrial Relations, specifically the compliance experiences of small and medium enterprises.
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