Are you on top of new workplace relations obligations applying to your organisation from July 1 this year? Are you prepared for the new compliance requirements that come into effect on January 1 next year? Find out from the top industrial relations practitioners in the country about important changes relating to good faith bargaining, unfair dismissal, modern awards, the National Employment Standards, right of entry, and dealing with unions at the eighth annual Workforce Conference on industrial relations.
This year’s conference, to be held in Melbourne on September 21 and 22, has a significant emphasis on the new good faith bargaining laws that came into effect on July 1, placing new obligations on all organisations across the country. Sessions include a case study on the manufacturing industry, which is at the frontline of enterprise bargaining in 2009, and another on what the United States good faith bargaining system has to teach Australian practitioners.
Also taking effect on July 1 were enhanced entry rights for trade unions, so the conference will look at where and when unions will be entitled to enter workplaces, which documents they will have access to, which laws they will be covered by, and importantly, how employers can manage the interface with unions, especially if they’ve never had to before.
New unfair dismissal rules also took effect on July 1, restoring unfair dismissal rights to every worker in the country after they serve an appropriate probationary period. Learn how to handle dismissals, workplace grievances and disciplinary procedures to minimise your exposure to legal action.
On January 1, 2010, the new National Employment Standards (NES) and modern awards will come into effect. All workplace agreements will have to be updated to comply with the NES, while the move to modern awards will place new obligations on employers. Discover what you need to do by January 1 to comply with the new laws from one of Australia’s foremost legal experts.
The Workforce annual conference is the only industrial relations conference put together by people who report on the issues every day of the week. The Workforce news team has designed the conference around the major issues facing practitioners today.
For the full conference program, go to: www.thomsonreuters.com.au/workforce09.