Employment Law Matters Annual Forum, NEW ZEALAND

WELLINGTON, 9th April | AUCKLAND, 11th April

The annual Employment Law Matters Forum brings together leading legal experts and ER/HR practitioners to provide regulatory updates, best-practice strategies and important case law outcomes on the most pertinent industrial relations and employee relations issues.

This one day event is a conference style program in each city (Auckland and Wellington) is literally an intense masterclass providing up to the minute insight and case law from leading legal experts, plus valuable case study insight from leading HR practitioners cross-industry. 

Gain an in-depth look at new and emerging employment law and strategy changes involving: pay equity, parental leave, 90-day trials, bullying and harassment, collective bargaining and mental health and wellbeing.

 
TOPICS AT A GLANCE
  • Ministerial keynote (Wellington): The Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, ACC 
  • Working With The 90-Day Trial Period Rule
  • Performance Management And Development
  • Supporting Employees Who Are Domestic Violence Victims
  • Recent And Developing Changes To Employment Law: 
    • Pay Equity
    • Domestic Violence Support For Employees
    • Workplace Inspections
  • Achieving better outcomes through collective bargaining
  • Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace – Prevention, response & duty of care
  • Conducting effective health & safety investigations, for injuries at work
  • Dealing With Bullying And Harassment In The Workplace
 
 CASE STUDIES FROM:
  • Fletcher Building (Auckland & Wellington)
  • Vodafone New Zealand (Wellington)
  • The Warehouse Group (Auckland & Wellington)
  • KiwiRail (Wellington)
  • Wesfarmers Industrial And Safety NZ (Auckland)
  • Massey University (Wellington)
  • Hutt Valley District Health Board (Wellington)
  • Auckland Council (Auckland)
  • Jacobsen Creative Surfaces (Wellington)
  • Waipuna Hospice (Wellington)
 
LEGAL EXPERTS FROM:
  • Dundas Street Employment Lawyers (Wellington)
  • Dyhreberg Drayton Employment Law (Auckland & Wellington)
  • Lane Neave (Auckland & Wellington)
  • Kiely Thompson Caisley (Auckland & Wellington)
  • Cullen Law (Wellington)
  • Chapman Employment Relations (Auckland & Wellington)
  • DLA Piper (Wellington)
  • Simpson Grierson (Auckland & Wellington)
  • Kensington Swan (Wellington)
  • Douglas Erickson (Auckland)
  • Bell Gully (Auckland)
  • SBM Legal (Auckland)
  • Russell McVeagh (Wellington)
  • Hesketh Henry (Wellington)
  • ER Specialists (Wellington)
  • Anthony Harper (Wellington)

Employment Law Matters Annual Forum Agenda

08:10

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

08:40

Chairperson’s opening address

Peter Cullen, Partner, Cullen Law 

08:50

Government keynote address
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, MP for Palmerston North, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, ACC, and of Immigration, Deputy Leader of the House 

09:10

Panel discussion – Three recent and developing changes to Employment Law: Parental leave; 90 day trials; & Performance management

Kay Chapman, Senior HR Consultant, Chapman Employment Relations
Peter Kiely, Partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley  
Sean O’Sullivan, Partner, DLA Piper
Panel moderator: Steph Dyhrberg, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law 

09:50

Case study: Pre-employment strategies and issues

Charlotte Hatlauf, Group Employment Relations Manager, Fletcher Building 

10:15

MORNING TEA

10:45

Case study: Performance management and development

Katie Williams, Head of Human Resources Centre of Expertise, Vodafone New Zealand 
Jo Christie, HR Business Partner, Vodafone New Zealand 

11:10

Case study: Supporting employees who are domestic violence victims

Julie Simpson, Head of Employment Relationships, The Warehouse Group 

11:35

Panel discussion – Three recent and developing changes to Employment Law: Pay Equity; Domestic Violence support for employees; & Enforceable undertakings

Steph Dyhrberg, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Matt Harrop, Senior Solicitor, Simpson Grierson
Greg Cain, Partner, Kensington Swan
Murray Grant, Seni
or Associate, DLA Piper
Panel moderator: Sean O’Sullivan, Partner, DLA Piper 

12:15

NETWORKING  LUNCH

01:15

Collective Bargaining

Maryan Street, Employee Relations Manager, KiwiRail 

01:40

Managing workplace mental health and wellbeing

Paul Robertson, Director Health Safety & Wellbeing, Massey University 

02:05

Workplace health and safety 

Gayle Stichbury, Group Human Resources Health and Safety and Business Projects, Jacobsen Creative Surfaces 

02:30

AFTERNOON TEA

03:00

Dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace

Roman Tuboltsev, Workplace Relations Manager, Hutt Valley District Health Board 

03:25

Legal panel: Bullying and Harassment – Prevention and Management 

Blair Scotland, Partner, Dundas Street Employment Lawyers
Johanna Drayton, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Andrew Shaw, Partner, Lane Neave
Simon Lapthorne, Partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley 

04:05

Chairperson’s closing address

04:15

NETWORKING DRINKS

08:30

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

09:00

Chairperson's opening address 
Daniel Erickson, Partner, Douglas Erickson

09:10

Panel discussion – Three recent and developing changes to Employment Law: Parental leave; 90 day trials; & Performance management
Kay Chapman, Senior HR Consultant, Chapman Employment Relations
Rosemary Wooders, Senior Associate, Bell Gully
Peter Kiely, Partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley 
Bridget Smith, Partner, SBM Legal

09:50

Case study: Pre-employment strategies and issues
Charlotte Hatlauf, Group Employment Relations Manager, Fletcher Building

10:20

MORNING TEA

10:50

Case study: Performance management and development
Andre Lubbe, Head of Employment Relations, Auckland Council

11:20

Case study: Supporting employees who are domestic violence victims
Julie Simpson, Head of Employment Relationships, The Warehouse Group

11:50

Panel discussion – Three recent and developing changes to Employment Law: Pay Equity; Domestic Violence support for employees; & Workplace inspections
Steph Dyhrberg, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Carl Blake, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Kylie Dunn, Partner, Russell McVeagh
Jim Roberts, Partner, Hesketh Henry

12:30

NETWORKING LUNCH

01:30

Collective Bargaining
Jason Tuck, Director, ER Specialists

02:00

Managing workplace mental health and wellbeing
Lisa Tonner, Human Resources Manager, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety NZ

02:30

AFTERNOON TEA

03:00

Workplace health and safety 
(3:00) Case Study: Prevention, risk and compliance - how we used HSWA to take our H&S to a transformational level
Gayle Stichbury, Group Human Resources Health and Safety and Business Projects, Jacobsen Creative Surfaces
(3:30) Case StudyBullying and harassment – practical insight
Becky Gardiner, Human Resources And Operations Manager, Waipuna Hospice  

04:00

Legal panel: Bullying and Harassment – Prevention and Management 
Johanna Drayton, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Fiona McMillan, Partner, Lane Neave
Simon Lapthorne, Partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley
Emma Butcher, Partner, Langton Hudson Butcher
Panel moderator: Jennifer Mills, Partner, Anthony Harper

04:40

Chairperson's Closing address

04:50

NETWORKING DRINKS

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Featured Speakers at this Conference

Julie Simpson

Head of Employment Relationships

The Warehouse Group

Charlotte Hatlauf

Group Employment Relations Manager

Fletcher Building

Maryan Street

Employee Relations Manager

KiwiRail

Blair Scotland

Partner

Dundas Street Employment Lawyers

Matt Harrop

Senior Solicitor

Simpson Grierson

Lisa Tonner

Human Resources Manager

Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety NZ

Bridget Smith

Partner

SBM Legal

Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

MP; Minister

Palmerston North; Workplace Relations And Safety, ACC, And Of Immigration, Deputy Leader Of The House

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WHY ATTEND

  1. Gain insights from leading Lawyers and HR consultants about recent and developing changes to parental leave, 90-day trials and performance management in our interactive lawyer panel discussion
  2. Hear from Fletcher Building as they assess the suitability of the 90-day trial as opposed to a performance management approach
  3. Learn how to manage under-performing employees and ensuring procedural fairness for dismissal and terminations
  4. Find out how The Warehouse Group are supporting employees who are domestic violence victims
  5. Discover changes to employment law with regards to pay equity and increase in work inspections in our interactive lawyer panel discussion
  6. Learn strategies for better outcomes through collective bargaining and how to use the “good faith” obligation to your advantage
  7. Exploring innovative approaches to providing workplace environments that considers mental health and the wellbeing of employees
  8. Gain insights on how Jacobsen Creative Surfaces ensures their Health and Safety investigations are accurate and compliant to current law
  9. Understand how Hutt Valley District Health Board and Waipuna Hospice are creating a workplace culture with zero-tolerance to workplace bullying
  10. Explore your bullying and harassment responsibilities and investigation do’s and don’ts from our lawyer based interactive panel discussion
 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Directors, Heads, Specialists and Senior Managers who are responsible for:
  • Human Resources
  • Employee/Employment Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Workplace Relations
  • People and Culture
  • Workforce Management
  • Inhouse counsel
 

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VENUE: EMPLOYMENT LAW MATTERS ANNUAL FORUM

Wellington | 9th April 2018
Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
100 Oriental Parade, Wellington, 6011
Nicholson Room
 
Auckland | 11th April 218
Stamford Plaza Auckland
22-26 Albert St, Auckland 1010
Stamford Ballroom 1