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This lecture featured a presentation by Commissioner Peter Hampton, Anti-bullying Panel Head, and a panel discussion about bullying behaviour outside the workplace, particularly the question of what is 'at work'? The panel explored the range of challenges and issues associated with the anti-bullying jurisdiction.
Commissioner Hampton, Anti-bullying Panel Head, was appointed to the Fair Work Commission in 2010 and is also a member of the Annual Wage Review Panel. The Commissioner has a wealth of workplace experience having worked in the field in judicial and other capacities for over 30 years.
Justice Ross has been President of the Fair Work Commission since March 2012. He is also a Federal Court Judge.
Anna Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Law School and a Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL) at the University of Melbourne. Anna’s research focus is on employment law, and she is a past Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
Josh Bornstein is Head of the National Employment Relations Group at Maurice Blackburn lawyers in Melbourne and has practised in the field of law for 20 years. Josh holds a number of other positions including: a Member of the Workplace Relations Executive Committee at the LIV President of Tzedek, a Jewish support and advocacy group and occasional writer for a range of national newspapers and journals.
Steven Amendola has been a partner at Ashurst Melbourne office since 2000. He is currently the Melbourne team leader and one of the firm’s pro bono partners. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading practitioners in industrial relations and litigation and is renowned for his strategic dispute resolution work.
The lecture was presented in collaboration with the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.
Anna Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Law School and a Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL) at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on employment law, especially in relation to the National Employment Standards, general protections and unfair dismissal law. Anna is a past Editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
Beth Gaze is a Professor in the Melbourne Law School and a member of the CELRL at the University of Melbourne. Beth has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, including employment discrimination, and on tribunals, and has conducted socio-legal research in both areas. She has acted as an expert adviser to parliament and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.
Associate Professor Chapman and Professor Gaze are presently engaged in a major project funded by the Australian Research Council examining the intersections between general protections in the Fair Work Act 2009 and anti-discrimination law. This lecture draws on this work.
The Commonwealth industrial system has long contained provisions seeking to address discrimination on grounds such as race, sex and disability. These provisions have been expanded into the set of general protections contained in the Fair Work Act 2009, though key terms in the legislative framework remain undefined.
This presentation profiled developments in tribunal and judicial method in interpreting discrimination in the Australian industrial framework, and argued that there has been a turning away under the Fair Work Act 2009 from earlier, broader judicial approaches on the meaning of discrimination. The lecture offered some thoughts on the reasons behind this change, and invited a reconsideration of current judicial approaches.
Rosemary Owens, AO is Emerita Professor at The University of Adelaide, where she was the Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law from 2008 to 2015, and Dean of Law from 2007 to 2011.
Her fields of expertise include international labour law, employment, labour and industrial relations law, and anti-discrimination law, with much of her research focused on those who are in the most precarious form of work.
Professor Owens has published widely and is the co-author of Law of Work (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2nd edition, 2011), which presents a reappraisal of the regulation of work in Australia in the global era. She has also co-authored a number of other publications and is a member of the Editorial Board, and former editor, of the Australian Journal of Labour Law.
In 2014 Professor Owens was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to law, to international and national labour law and relations, and to women.
Professor Owens is a Fellow and Director of the Australian Academy of Law and in 2010 she was appointed to the International Labour Organisation’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR).
Professor Owens’ lecture examines the role and nature of minimum standards in the global era, and some of the challenges in protecting vulnerable and low-paid workers while at the same time facilitating flexibility to promote productivity and economic growth.
The growth of 'precarious work', including the evolution of some of its older forms, such as casual employment, and the emergence of newer forms, such as unpaid internships, is discussed. In considering the prospects for achieving the goal of fairness for all through our regulatory system, the role of the Commission in setting and adjusting award standards is evaluated.
This lecture was delivered by Associate Professor Amanda Pyman on the role of consultation in Australian workplaces in an increasingly globalised environment.
Amanda Pyman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at Monash. Her broad area of research interest is people and performance.
Professor Pyman has published widely in the fields of IR and HRM and is Associate Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal (UK).
In addition to her academic achievements, Amanda has worked with organisations in the UK and Australia on a range of strategic people and performance issues, and is currently part of a joint team at Bond University and Monash University undertaking a federal government funded Office of Learning and Teaching project titled: Enhancing Graduate Employability of Business School Alumni through establishing an Australian Business Case Network (2014).
Professor Amanda Pyman’s lecture explored the role of consultation in the future of Australian workplaces in an increasingly globalised environment.
In collaboration with the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne, Professor Andrew Stewart of the University of Adelaide, and Doctor Meg Smith of the University of Western Sydney delivered a lecture on pay equity.
The lecture provided a recent history of equal remuneration provisions and cases, and considered the choices and challenges for the Commission in determining equal remuneration claims.
In collaboration with the University of Western Australia and the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia (IRSWA), Professor Russell Lansbury delivered his presentation, Employee communication and engagement: An elusive quest?.
Professor Lansbury's presentation addressed how employee communications and engagement can be better integrated with employment relations and enterprise bargaining to achieve productive outcomes for organisations and the economy.
In collaboration with the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, Griffith Business School at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor David Peetz discussed productivity and industrial relations policy.
Professor Peetz explained what productivity is, why it matters, what influences it, and how it relates to industrial relations policy.
In collaboration with the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL) at the University of Melbourne, Dr Richard Naughton from Monash University in Melbourne examined the elements underlying the traditional Australian industrial relations system.
Dr Naughton argued that these traditional elements continue to have an important role in our system today.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, Professor Alexander Colvin from Cornell University in New York delivered a presentation about dispute resolution and the rise of individual employment rights.
The fourth and final lecture in the Workplace Relations Lecture Series for 2013 was presented by Associate Professors Anthony Forsyth and John Howe on Friday, 6 December 2013.
The third lecture in the Workplace Relations Lecture Series was presented by Mr Dean Parham on Friday, 16 August 2013.
The second lecture in the Workplace Relations Lecture Series was presented by Professor Mark Bray on Friday, 24 May 2013.
The inaugural lecture in the Workplace Relations Lecture Series was presented by Dr Brigid Van Wanrooy on Friday, 15 February 2013.