Pay equity, cyber bullying and unfair practices can all put good faith to the test.

As an experienced ER practitioner, you know it’s necessary to get ahead of these hefty issues and have a viable game plan.

This year, our experts will bring you the latest developments on creating and upholding cyber boundaries in your workplace, strategies for success during collective bargaining negotiations and you’ll be the first to hear how to best navigate the new rules around pay equity.

Join us at this one-and-a-half day conference to explore the biggest issues in employment law including:

  • Balancing minimum wage, living wage and unconscious bias with pay equity – knowing which issue is which
  • Essential components for effective and enforceable workplace drug and alcohol policies
  • Dealing with the curly issues in collectives: coverage, communications and the bargaining process agreement
  • Penalties, remedies and exit terms – entitlements, compliance and putting your best foot forward
  • Dismissing fairly when dealing with injury, illness or incapacity: what to do and what to avoid
  • Redeployment and alternative options – determining if similar, substantially different or if no options exist
  • Termination – the tough clauses: garden leave, suspension, payment in lieu of notice and all the restraints

Employment Relations Conference

Auckland

Thursday, 1 - Friday,
2 June 2017

DON'T MISS OUT

speakers

guest Speaker Tania Donaldson Payroll Lead, Labour Inspectorate, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
guest Speaker Sherridan Cook Partner, Buddle Findlay
guest Speaker Rebecca Rendle Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
guest Speaker Anne-Marie McInally General Counsel, E tū
guest Speaker Matthew McGoldrick Senior Associate, SBM Legal
guest Speaker Andrew Little Leader of the Opposition
guest Speaker Jim Roberts Partner, Hesketh Henry
guest Speaker Gillian Service Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
mc Speaker Peter Elder Consultant, EMA Northern
guest Speaker Clive Thomson ER/HR Specialist | EMA
guest Speaker June Hardacre Senior Associate, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
guest Speaker Paul MacKay Employment Relations Policy Manager, Business NZ
guest Speaker Michael Witt Senior Solicitor, EMA Legal
Day 1 01 June 2017
09.50 - 10.30

Pay equity – bias vs skill – are you the good employer you think you are?

  • Balancing minimum wage, living wage and unconscious bias with pay equity – knowing which issue is which
  • Processes to identify, assess and resolve pay equity claims in your business
  • Undervalued industries – when it’s more than gender based discrimination
  • Realigning your remuneration – the important timelines that count

Paul MacKay
Manager Employment Relations Policy
Business NZ

11.00 - 11.40

Workspace v Cyberspace: where is the line?

  • Freedom of cyber-speech and protecting your business reputation
  • Managing policy, culture and expectation – setting cyber boundaries for employer obligations
  • Performance and online conduct – can you act on it?
  • How not to operate – recent case examples

Gillian Service
Partner

and

June Hardacre
Senior Associate
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

13.10 - 13.50

Drug and Alcohol testing – From pre-employment checks to robust workplace policies

  • Relevant legislation –  what you need to know to avoid the pitfalls
  • Essential components for effective and enforceable workplace drug and alcohol policies
  • Your methodologies – the tests, the pros, the cons and what works best
  • What happens when it’s a collective – getting the union on board
  • Shifting attitudes towards acceptance of “zero tolerance”
  • Communicating policy changes – how do we sell it to the team?

Sherridan Cook
Partner
Buddle Findlay

15.00 - 15.40

Effectively managing dismissals for long-term or repeated injury/illness

  • Dismissing fairly when dealing with injury, illness or incapacity: what to do and what to avoid
  • The biggest hurdles to navigate when medical incapacity hits your business
  • How to avoid prosecution for mental health and stress related harm
  • How to confidently manage employee rights, your obligations and the privacy of all involved
  • Case studies – what is happening and what it could cost you

Matthew McGoldrick
Senior Associate
SBM Legal

15.40 - 16.20

Restructuring, redeployment and redefining roles – change isn’t always easy

  • Transformation and how to transition – when change is a reality
  • Process and consultation – the steps to keep you out of strife
  • Redeployment and alternative options – determining if similar, substantially different or if no options exist
  • Redundancy compensation – common issues and curly questions that will keep you out of trouble

Michael Witt
Senior Solicitor
EMA Legal

Day 2 02 June 2017
09.50 - 10.30

Negotiation time – every meeting and playing the long game

  • Influence towards a successful negotiation – more than the deal on the paper
  • Filing claims, appropriate support evidence and agreed variations to terms and conditions
  • Dealing with new information, counter claims, information requests and strike threats
  • Negotiating room protocols – simple techniques to create the best outcomes

Clive Thomson
ER Consultant
EMA

11.00 - 11.40

All about the words – Nailing the detail and getting sign off

  • From terms of settlement to signed Collective Agreement and action
  • Dealing with redeployment and redundancy in a collective
  • Termination – the tough clauses: garden leave, suspension, payment in lieu of notice and all the restraints
  • From Affco to Air NZ – key lessons from recent industrial action

Peter Elder
ER Consultant
EMA

11.40 - 12.20

Future focused – hot topics on the employment relations landscape of the 2020’s

  • 15 minute address by Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition, followed by panel discussion.
Panellists:
Andrew Little,
Leader of the Opposition
James Wilson, ER Manager, Restaurant Brands
Mauro Barsi, GM Enterprises & Strategy, EMA
Facilitator: Peter Elder (MC), ER Consulant, EMA
  • Future of Business – how innovation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the aging workforce will impact your business
  • Employment – changes to immigration law and how will it affect your business
  • Legislation with lasting effects: Are you ready for the consequences pay equity will bring?

Early bird pricing

Ends Tuesday, 26 May 2017

EMA Members

$898

+GST

One-and-a-half-day conference
Complimentary WIFI
Recharge station
Delegate workbook
Buffet lunch

Non-Members

$1,179

+GST

One-and-a-half-day conference
Complimentary WIFI
Recharge station
Delegate workbook
Buffet lunch

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