08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:50

Morning Chairperson's opening address

Speakers
Joss Opie,
Senior Associate
Buddle Findlay
Simon Lapthorne,
Partner
Kiely Thompson Caisley

09:00

Legislative developments in employment law within New Zealand

  • Reviewing major decisions from the past six months; the rules, the obligations, the impacts – a HR Law update not to be missed!
    • Minimum Employment Standards 
    • Domestic Violence 
    • Employment Relations 
  • What’s in store for the next six months; any areas that will be in the spotlight? What can we expect and when? How could these impact our workplaces?
Speakers
Carl Blake (Auckland),
Senior Associate
Simpson Grierson
Samantha Turner (Wellington),
Partner
Simpson Grierson

10:00

Updates related to pay equity in workplaces within New Zealand: What’s happened, what are the impacts, and key timeframes? 

  • With both the recent landmark settlement in the Terranova case and now the proposed legislative amendments to pay equity, this session will look at the future for pay equity in New Zealand.  This will include the proposed new framework to deal with pay equity, equal pay and gender discrimination, and what employers need to be aware of now. 
Speakers
Kylie Dunn (Auckland & Wellington),
Partner
Russell McVeagh

11:00

Morning Tea

11:15

Proposed reform of Privacy Act and its impact on the workplace and employment law

This session will explore the proposed mandatory reporting of data breaches in an organisation and other privacy issues that may come up. Within the 60minute session we will learn the background to this proposal but also how it will impact you and your teams, and what you can possibly do to prepare for it.
Speakers
Mere King (Auckland),
Senior Associate
Buddle Findlay
Peter Chemis (Wellington),
Partner
Buddle Findlay

12:15

Employers’ liabilities relating to workplace bullying, specifically in understanding the Harmful Digital Communications Act and cyber bullying

An increased emphasis has been placed on how organisations and employers protect employees, customers and communities from bullying; whether this is in their physical workforce or their online presence. This 60minute presentation will break down what workplace bullying is now considered to be, what your obligations are and how you can protect your organisation from issues that may arise.
Speakers
Bridget Smith (Auckland & Wellington),
Partner
SBM Legal

13:15

Networking Lunch

13:50

What’s happening in the world of disciplinary investigations

  • In our 2016 HR Law Masterclass for New Zealand we heard about the details of the A Ltd v H case. Since then, what has happened, and how has this impacted disciplinary investigations? This 60minute session will highlight specific learning points from Court of Appeal decision in A Ltd v H and its applicableness to organisations like yours.
Speakers
Cressida Leaman (Auckland),

 

Chapman Tripp
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Wellington),
Partner
Dundas Street

14:50

Case decisions related to the issues of drugs and alcohol in the workplace: What can we learn?

  • It has been cited that increased challenges in managing the use of drugs and alcohol across workplaces in New Zealand is a real problem for organisations. This very practical session will not only review cases where this is topical, but also what obligations as an employer you have, and a reminder of their rights also. This 60minute session will include an element of interaction, providing 1 – 2 scenarios for delegates to review and feedback on what can and can’t be done.
Speakers
Andrew Shaw (Auckland),
Partner
Lane Neave
Blair Scotland (Wellington),
Partner
Dundas Street

15:50

Afternoon Tea

16:05

What’s the latest on the Health and Safety at Work Act?

This presentation will cover an assortment of different issues under the HSW Act, including: a review of the first prosecutions brought under the Act, enforceable undertakings, and emerging health and safety issues (e.g. the implications of the WINZ decision on the Ashburton shootings, and mental health issues under the HSW Act).
Speakers
Tim Clarke (Auckland),
Partner
Bell Gully
Rachael Brown (Wellington),
Partner
Bell Gully

17:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Masterclass

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