November HR Forum - City of Greater Geraldton (26/2012)

 

Geraldton Human Resources November Forum - Local Government Workplace Solutions

Local Government Workplace Solutions invites Human Resources practitioners and line managers to the November HR Forum at the City of Greater Geraldton (Friday 30th of November).

Topics Covered in the HR Forum will include:

Adverse action under the Fair Work Act

This short presentation is designed to give HR practitioners an overview of the adverse action provisions under the Fair Work Act. We will begin by defining ‘adverse action’ and will the look at what Local Governments can do protect themselves from adverse action claims. We will conclude by briefly examining recent developments in adverse action case law.

Presented by Jon Lord, Employee Relations Adviser, Local Government Workplace Solutions.

How policy breaches can seriously cost Employers

The presentation will examine the following:

  • the impact of the recent Federal Court decision in Barker v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [2012] FCA 2012.
  • the duties of an employer to abide by staff policies and consequences if staff policies are not adhered to by the employer.
  • a brief history of the development of the ‘implied term of mutual trust and confidence’ as it applies to Australian employment contracts and the implied term’s new ability (in some cases) to make staff policies binding on the employer.

Presented by Scott Roffey, Employee Relations Manager, Local Government Workplace Solutions.

Injury Management and Workers Compensation (LGIS)

Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) will be giving a presentation which encompasses a broad overview of the Workers’ Compensation & Injury Management Act. Topics covered include:

  • what personal injury by accident means in the context of the Act
  • what entitlements are available to injured workers as well as;
  • an overview of the employer’s obligations in terms of rehabilitation and assisting the injured worker to return to the work place and the injury management process.

LGIS will explore a current workers’ compensation case scenario highlighting difficulties with age, fitness for work, what options are available to employers, transferrable skill sets and how this affects RTW Programs.

Presented by Barry Chaplain, Claims Manager LGIS Workcare.

The Amalgamation Experience at the City of Greater Geraldton: A HR perspective

Amalgamation presents a variety of challenges for all those involved at every level of Local Government. Join Delwen Granville, HR Manager at the recently amalgamated City of Geraldton as she provides a HR perspective on the challenges faced by Local Government throughout the amalgamation process.

OHS issues in working from home

In contemporary times the desire for flexible work practices has presented new challenges to HR practitioners. Mobile technology, increasing workload and the desire for a work/life balance have led to an increase of employees requesting to work from home. This presentation looks at risks involved with employees working from home and best practice to mitigate against them.

Presented by Jon Lord Employee Relations Advisor, Local Government Workplace Solutions.

Details of the HR Forum are listed below.

Forum Details - City of Greater Geraldton
Location City of Greater Geraldton, Civic Centre, Cathedral Avenue, GERALDTON
Date Friday 30th of November 2012
Time 11am to 3pm

Please email or fax your RSVP to Workplace Solutions at least two weeks prior to the HR Forum with the following details.

  • Name of your Local Government/Associate Organisation:
  • Contact email address:
  • Attendees Names & Titles:
  • Requirements (such as access or dietary):

*There is no cost to attend the forums and a light snack will be provided.

**Local Governments who are interested in attending via teleconference or videoconference please contact us, please note there are limited places available.

If you have any questions please contact the team on (08) 9213 2091.

November HR Forum - City of Subiaco (25/2012)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions - Human Resources November Forum

Local Government Workplace Solutions invites Human Resources practitioners and line managers to the November HR Forum at the City of Subiaco. A further invite will be sent next week to the November forum at the City of Greater Geraldton (scheduled for the 30th of November).

Topics Covered in the HR Forum will include:

Attracting and Recruiting from Overseas

In your Local Government, do you know what percentage of your workforce was recruited from overseas? Given the current and expected continuation of the shortage of skilled professionals within the Local Government sector, would you consider recruiting an overseas professional to fill a position if you are unable to attract suitably qualified local candidates?

Melika Aydin, Recruitment Advisor at WALGA, will be presenting on the Overseas Recruitment programme and its benefits for Local Governments.

Adverse action under the Fair Work Act

This short presentation is designed to give HR practitioners an overview of the adverse action provisions under the Fair Work Act. We will begin by defining ‘adverse action’ and will the look at what Local Governments can do protect themselves from adverse action claims. We will conclude by briefly examining recent developments in adverse action case law.

Presented by Scott Roffey, Employee Relations Manager, Local Government Workplace Solutions.

How policy breaches can seriously cost Employers

The presentation will examine the following:

  • the impact of the recent Federal Court decision in Barker v Commonwealth Bank of Australia [2012] FCA 2012.
  • the duties of an employer to abide by staff policies and consequences if staff policies are not adhered to by the employer.
  • a brief history of the development of the ‘implied term of mutual trust and confidence’ as it applies to Australian employment contracts and the implied term’s new ability (in some cases) to make staff policies binding on the employer.

Presented by Brendan Taylor, Employee Relations Advisor, Local Government Workplace Solutions.

Injury Management and Workers Compensation (LGIS)

Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) will be giving a presentation which encompasses a broad overview of the Workers’ Compensation & Injury Management Act. Topics covered include:

  • what personal injury by accident means in the context of the Act
  • what entitlements are available to injured workers as well as;
  • an overview of the employer’s obligations in terms of rehabilitation and assisting the injured worker to return to the work place and the injury management process.

LGIS will explore a current workers’ compensation case scenario highlighting difficulties with age, fitness for work, what options are available to employers, transferrable skill sets and how this affects RTW Programmes.

Presented by Barry Chaplain, Claims Manager LGIS Workcare and Jeannie Marlow, Injury Management Adviser.

Details of the HR Forum are listed below.

Forum Details - City of Subiaco
Location City of Subiaco, 241 Rokeby Road, SUBIACO
Time 9am to 12pm
Date Friday 16th of November 2012

Please go straight to the Council Chambers.

Please email or fax your RSVP to Workplace Solutions at least two weeks prior to the HR Forum with the following details.

  • Name of your Local Government/Associate Organisation:
  • Contact email address:
  • Attendees Names & Titles:
  • Requirements (such as access or dietary):

*There is no cost to attend the forums and a light snack will be provided.

**Regional Local Governments who are interested in attending via teleconference please contact us, please note there are limited places available.

If you have any questions please contact the team on (08) 9213 2091.

New Workplace Solutions Team Member (21/2012)

 

We are pleased to advise that Brendan Taylor has been appointed as the fourth member of the workplace relations service of Local Government Workplace Solutions as an Employee Relations Advisor. Brendan will be working with Scott, Carla and Jon on supporting an ever expanding group of clients and assisting with the increasing workload demanded by the changing industrial relations landscape.

Brendan has considerable experience in legal environments and employee relations. He has worked as a Workplace Relations Lawyer in Sydney with Swaab Attorneys and most recently in Perth for DLA Piper. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and is currently studying towards his Masters (Discrimination, Labour Law, Advanced Labour Law).

Brendan’s contact details are as follows:

Brendan Taylor
Employee Relations Advisor
Tel: +61 8 9213 2052
Mobile: 0477 345 238
Email: btaylor@walga.asn.au

New Workplace Solutions Team Member (16/2012)

 

We are pleased to advise that Jon Lord has been appointed as the third member of the workplace relations service of Local Government Workplace Solutions as an Employee Relations Advisor. Jon will be working with Scott and Carla on supporting an ever expanding group of clients and assisting with the increasing workload demanded by the changing industrial relations landscape.

Jon has considerable experience in industrial and employee relations. He has worked in Perth with the Workplace Authority (now the Fair Work Ombudsman) and most recently in Melbourne for the Australian Industry Group. Jon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce majoring in Human Resources.

Jon’s contact details are as follows:

Jon Lord
Employee Relations Advisor
Tel: +61 8 9213 2015
Mobile: 0407 426 597
Email: jlord@walga.asn.au

LG Convention - Human Resources Seminar (12/2012)

 

People Management: Embracing the Opportunities, Risks & Challenges

Please click here for a copy of the flyer.

Human Resource practitioners, Line Managers and Senior Staff of all Local Governments and Associate Members are invited to attend the Human Resources Seminar at the 2012 Local Government Convention.

The full day seminar will cover a range of practical discussions and presentations on topical human resources issues and will finish with networking drinks..

The seminar will be hosted by WALGA Local Government Workplace Solutions, with guest speakers from the Local Government Industry, Employment Law specialists along with the Local Government Association of South Australia who will give a presentation about Workforce Planning, in the context of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework.

The Seminar will cover five key areas:

Workforce Planning and Development

The reality behind the myths and legends around what workforce planning and development means and what it means to HR practitioners on the ground.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

We will look at ways to secure trainees and apprentices to work within your local government and include a practical example from a Local Government on their experiences in employing trainees and apprentices, the benefit and issues you need to be aware of.

A practical guide to recruitment in Local Government

A discussion on what is good practice in recruiting the right people for your Local Government, particularly at a time when Local Governments are considering the impact of structural reform changes on their employees.

Performance Management - Getting It Right

A practical ‘how to’ guide on conducting performance management, using real life examples and best practice within the industry. This presentation and panel discussion is not only valuable for HR staff, but will equip you with the tools to coach line managers through the process.

Misconduct and Conflict of Interest in Local Government

In recent times, high-profile media coverage has focused on the inappropriate activities of State Government and Local Government officers, some of which has led to dismissal or further court proceedings against individuals. We will explore the theme of misconduct risk avoidance and feature the experiences of a Local Government practitioner.

HR Seminar Details
Date Thursday 2nd of August 2012
Time 9.00am to 4.30pm
Venue Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost $250 including lunch, refreshments and GST

Regsitrations are online.

www.walga.asn.au – LGC12 Convention link.

Workplace Solutions May Human Resources Forum, HR Being Prepared! (11/2012)

 

Workplace Solutions invites HR Staff and relevant managers to attend the May 18th HR Forum - HR Being Prepared!

The topics covered in the forum include:

  • Succession Planning, getting it right!
  • Pre-employment Medicals and Background checks
  • How to respond to industrial action - A HR Perspective
  • Ergolink (WALGA preferred supplier in Ergonomic furniture)

Details of the HR Forums are listed below.

HR Forum Information
Location The forum will be held at the City of South Perth, Cnr Sandgate Street and South Terrace, South Perth WA
Date Friday 18th of May
Time 9.00am to 11.00am

Please email your RSVP to Workplace Solutions at least a week prior to the HR Forum with the following details.

  • Name of your Local Government Name:
  • Contact email address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Attendees Names & Titles:

We will be organising more HR Forums around the State throughout the year. If there are any specific topics that you would like the team to cover please let us know in a reply email.

Also if you have an interesting case study that you think would be of benefit for other Local Governments to hear about we would love to hear from you.

Enterprise Agreement Development and Negotiation Training (5/2012)

 

Do you have to negotiate an enterprise agreement under the new Fair Work Laws?

Are you looking for practical tips on how to approach bargaining for an enterprise agreement within the conditions of the Fair Work Act?

The Workplace Solutions team have developed a workshop entitled Enterprise Agreements (Development and Negotiation) which has been designed to provide understanding, advice and guidelines on developing and negotiating an enterprise agreement within the new Fair Work laws?

This workshop is a must attend for anyone responsible for establishing an enterprise agreement within their local government.

A full course flyer can be viewed at www.workplacesolutions.asn.au/training-events.aspx.

To secure your place, simply complete the attached enrolment form and email to training@walga.asn.au.

Course Registration Form.