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Brisbane Employer Update: Mental health and workplace investigations, and unfair dismissals

HopgoodGanim


Description

When: Thursday 14 June

Where: HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Level 7 Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Time: 7.15am for a 7.30am start - Concluding by 9.00am

Speakers: Damon King and Simon Clayer

The Employment Law team invites you to an Employer Update breakfast seminar. 

Topic #1: Mental health and workplace investigations

The jury is still out about whether, in conducting a workplace investigation, an employer owes a common law duty to take reasonable care in the conduct of the investigation to avoid injuring the mental health of its employees involved.

To date the decided cases all indicate that employers have no such duty.  But that isn’t the be all and end all.

We will discuss the cases and the multiple considerations of which employers should take account when conducting workplace investigations and acting on investigation findings.

Topic #2: Unfair dismissals
 
There have been a number of controversial Fair Work Commission decisions recently that employers need to know about when considering the dismissal of an employee who is statutorily protected from unfair dismissal.
 
We will present these decisions, and discuss:

  • When proven misconduct might not justify dismissal
  • How, in managing employees suffering from incapacity, employers should seek to resolve conflicting medical evidence
  • The rules around representation - when might the Commission (and when might it not) permit a party to be represented by a lawyer or paid agent in unfair dismissal proceedings?

Details

Date
14 June 2018
Location
Brisbane