Employment Law 101

In this GuideME training workshop, participants will be given an overview of the Australian industrial relations and employment law frameworks, the hierarchy of instruments (contracts, awards, agreements) as well as guidance on identifying the key legal risks for their business.

This practical case-rich workshop is designed for those new to roles with employee relations responsibilities or new to the jurisdiction. Alternatively, it will also be useful for anyone seeking a refresher on the ever-changing landscape.

Each participant will receive a handbook containing useful guidance and checklists.


Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place

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Level 23, Rialto Towers 
525 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Level 22, Waterfront Place
1 Eagle Street

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Individual discounts: attend more than 2 workshops in a 12-month period and receive a 10% discount on your third workshop.
Group discounts: 5 places for the price of 4, or 10 places for the price of 7.


Australian industrial relations jigsaw – piece by piece

  • Sources of employee entitlements (including the National Employment Standards)
  • How industrial instruments work and interact with each other

Recruitment – what do you need to know?

  • Properly drafted position descriptions
  • Misrepresenting the role (in interviews and job ads)
  • Conditional employment offers
  • Potential discrimination risks

Employment contracts and policies – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Getting employment contracts right

  • What happened to probation?
  • Express and implied terms
  • Checklist for best practice
  • The ‘bad’ employment contract – what to watch out for
  • Bonus and commission clauses
  • Using and drafting restraints
  • Changing terms and conditions – how and when

Getting policies right

  • Best practice and must have policies
  • Issues to avoid
  • Understanding common policies – eg, discrimination, bullying, performance management and grievance policies

Termination of employment – how to navigate your way through…

  • Termination – a checklist for identifying and minimising risks (eg, unfair dismissal, adverse action claims etc)
  • Importance of good procedures and documentation
  • Drafting the right letters
  • Using deeds of release
  • Tax on termination payments

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