The QHA's 9th annual Employment Relations Conference will be held on Thursday, 10 August 2017 at the Hilton Brisbane.

Jam packed with a full day of practical learning, including a Moot proceeding at the Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’), the Conference will run from 9.00am to 4.45pm (registration from 8.45am), and be followed with a networking function where delegates will have the opportunity to chat with fellow attendees as well as Conference presenters.

Confirmed sessions and speakers include:

Penalty Rates, Implementation of the Reductions and the Union ‘Appeal’

The ‘penalty rates’ decision of 23 February 2017 has been a topical one for many both within and outside of the hospitality industry. During this session Joanna Minchinton, the QHA’s Employment Relations Manager, will discuss the FWC decision with respect to the public holiday and Sunday penalty rates reductions, the implementation schedule, and the impact of the impending United Voice sought Judicial Review of the decision (to the Federal Court of Australia) and what that could mean for the reductions.

Other developments with the Fair Work Commission modern award review, including part time and casual employment amendments will also be discussed during this session. 

Beyond the 457: Visa Changes and What It Means for the Industry

Tony Hogarth, a Partner with Mullins Lawyers, is a lawyer and registered migration agent. He will be discussing the recently announced changes to 457 Visas, the new Visa arrangements to be implemented, and what it will mean, particularly with respect to the application process, market salary requirements and retention of skilled staff in your workplace.

Anti-Bullying and General Protections Applications Overview

During this session Wesley Davey, the QHA’s Senior Workplace Relations Advisor, will discuss the processes for dealing with anti-bullying applications once received by the FWC, as well as the matters considered by the FWC’s ‘triage’ team when assessing its merits. Wesley will then discuss the general protections application that can be made whilst still employed. Using an FWC general protections application, Wesley will take attendees through the relevant aspects of the application – in preparation for the Moot Conference.

Moot Conference at the Fair Work Commission

Commissioner Paula Spencer, FWC, will preside over a Moot General Protections conference that is based on the application discussed earlier in the Conference.

Attendees will watch the Conference, and gain a better understanding of the FWC process for handling an application, and running a Conference. Special guest presenters will appear at the Conference as representatives for the Applicant employee and the Respondent employer.

Sexual Harassment in Hospitality

Sam McIvor, Partner and Head of Employment and Safety team at Mullins Lawyers, will discuss a recent Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘QCAT’) case involving sexual harassment - in a hotel group. As a result of a sexual harassment finding, the parent company was ordered by QCAT Member Fitzpatrick to pay the applicant $313,316.10 in compensation.

Sam will provide attendees with an overview of sexual harassment laws in Queensland and practical advice that can help to defend against a finding of vicarious liability. Sam will also discuss the new procedural arrangements in place as a result of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission now determining work related discrimination and sexual harassment complaints.

Domestic Violence PANEL DISCUSSION

During this panel discussion, panel members from hospitality venues will discuss the topical matter of domestic violence and its impact in a workplace environment. Domestic violence doesn’t always stop in the home.

Discussion will also centre on the steps these venues are taking to provide support to staff who are affected by domestic violence situations, including policy development and EAPs.

An Unfair Dismissal Application Has Been Lodged….What’s Next?

Commissioner Jennifer Hunt, FWC, will discuss the next development with the earlier anti-bullying and general protections application and Moot Conference – the Unfair Dismissal application the same (now ex) employee has lodged with the Fair Work Commission. Commissioner Hunt will discuss what has been claimed, the merits of the case and the process moving forward.

During this presentation the Commissioner will discuss how the FWC considers applications and tips for presenting your case in the best light possible. 

REGISTRATION (per person)

Early BIRD    

- QHA Member - $205
- QHA Corporate Member - $255
- Non Member - $285
- Non Hotel Based Attendees - $375
(All prices include GST)

On or After 18 July 2017

- QHA Members - $235
- QHA Corporate Members - $285
- Non Members - $315
- Non Hotel Based Attendees - $405
(All prices include GST)



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