Experienced adult educators work with us to design practical & interactive programs, ensuring our facilitation skills equals our legal expertise. Our public programs accommodate individual development and networking opportunities, and our customised programs build capability for your entire team.

  • WHS incident response & investigation
  • Employment law essentials: from hiring to firing
  • Enterprise bargaining essentials
  • Social media: employer’s friend or foe?
  • Managing injured and chronically absent employees
  • Managing performance to termination
  • Parental leave and flexible work: Challenges & opportunities
  • Resolving complex sexual harassment, bullying & misconduct cases

See more information and dates below.

To register for any of these programs or to enquire about a customised program, please download the registration form or contact us on EPIPrograms@hsf.com or 03 9288 1920.


WHS incident response and investigation

In the event of a serious incident at your workplace, there are practical and legal issues that must be managed immediately, during the investigation, and when drafting investigation reports and implementing corrective actions. This program will assist you to know what to do in the first 24 hours and as the incident evolves. We will also provide practical tips for developing a communication and stakeholder management strategy. 

This program will assist you to:

  • know the immediate response actions to take 
  • conduct a thorough and well planned investigation with a clear purpose and scope
  • use legal professional privilege effectively to manage your risk
  • communicate with regulators, the media, the workforce and other stakeholders.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Thursday 28 February 2013          
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)                           

Wednesday 17 July 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Brisbane

Wednesday 6 March 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Wednesday 6 November 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

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Employment law essentials: from hiring to firing

A successful HR/ER practitioner needs a base knowledge of the key employment laws (including recent changes) and a practical understanding of their application. This program will provide you with a simple explanation of employment law that will help you improve existing procedures and manage employee issues that arise.

This program will assist you to:

  • know which laws guide interactions between employers and employees, from hiring to firing
  • understand the key legal concepts relating to workplace relations, equal opportunity and bullying, privacy, occupational health and safety, performance management and termination of employment
  • apply the law to address employment issues and resolve them effectively.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Thursday 21 March 2013  
9.00am – 5.00pm   
$1,350 (inc. GST)   

Thursday 10 October 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Sydney

Wednesday 13 March 2013  
9.00am – 5.00pm   
$1,350 (inc. GST)    

Brisbane

Thursday 18 April 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

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Enterprise bargaining essentials

All employers need to be aware of the complex collective bargaining options under the Fair Work Act, and how to navigate the stringent procedures that exist. This program will provide an introduction to bargaining in Australia and ensure you use the Fair Work laws to your best advantage in the bargaining process. HR/ER practitioners and Operations Managers with basic to moderate enterprise bargaining experience will benefit most from attending this session.

This program will assist you to:

  • understand how bargaining commences and concludes
  • meet good faith bargaining laws
  • respond to union-initiated industrial action
  • understand the ‘BOOT’ test and other procedural requirements.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Wednesday 17 April 2013  
9.00am – 1.00pm     
$675 (inc. GST)

Tuesday 13 August 2013
9.00am – 1.00pm
$675 (inc. GST)

Brisbane

Thursday 2 May 2013
9.00am – 1.00pm
$675 (inc. GST)


Social media: Employer’s friend or foe?

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn and more. Whether you like them or not, employers need to face the reality that social media sites are popular with staff. Employers are under increasing pressure to decide how to address the risks and maximise the benefits of employee use of social media. It is an ever-evolving challenge that employers cannot avoid; they must intelligently manage this employment issue now and in the future.

This program will assist you to:

  • experience some of the social media that may impact your workplace
  • understand the laws and other factors that impact your approach to social media
  • assist you to design a policy framework on social media sites
  • explore the education that may be required on this issue: what and to whom?

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Wednesday 6 March 2013  
9.00am – 1.00pm 
$675 (inc. GST)


Managing injured and chronically absent employees

Combining a clear summary of the law with practical case examples, this program is designed to guide you through this complex people management issue. Employers can and should proactively manage their ill and injured employees. Positive outcomes can be achieved with the right knowledge, tools and coordinated approach.

This program will assist you to:

  • understand issues and complications associated with injured and chronically absent employees
  • differentiate between the processes required for work-related and non work-related injuries or illnesses
  • know what employers can and cannot do in relation to documents such as medical reports, leave entitlements and medical assessments
  • implement effective strategies for managing ill and injured employees.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Thursday 30 May 2013 
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Tuesday 29 August 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Sydney

Wednesday 5 June 2013  
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Wednesday 16 October 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Brisbane

Wednesday 5 June 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm    
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Perth

Tuesday 28 May
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)


Managing performance issues to termination

Sometimes – despite your best efforts and intentions – when underperformance is serious, persistent and disruptive, the best outcome for the organisation may be termination of employment. But how do you ensure this happens fairly for the employee and minimises the risk of a claim being successfully brought against you, the employer?

This program will assist you to:

  • understand the laws for managing performance & termination of employment
  • know what constitutes a fair dismissal
  • ensure you have accurate & robust documentation
  • review your policies and processes so they align with the relevant laws

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Thursday 2 May 2013  
9.00am – 5.00pm   
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Wednesday 18 September 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)  

Sydney

Wednesday 10 April 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST) 

Wednesday 4 September 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST) 

Brisbane

Thursday 8 August 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm  
$1,350 (inc. GST)


Parental leave and flexible work: challenges and opportunities

Developments in the laws relating to parental leave and flexible work arrangements have created new opportunities for working families. For many organisations it continues to present a challenge for managers to alter the way they think, work and engage with employees. In this program you will work through practical examples which illustrate ways to successfully manage flexible work requests in your organisation.

This program will assist you to:

  • understand employee and employer obligations regarding parental leave, carer’s leave and requests for flexible work
  • update your policy on parental leave to comply with current laws
  • draft a process for your organisation for managing requests for flexible work
  • know when you can lawfully refuse a request and the considerations before making this decision.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Wednesday 19 June 2013
9.00am – 1.00pm
$675 (inc. GST)

Sydney

Wednesday 26 June 2013
9.00am – 1.00pm
$675 (inc. GST)

Brisbane

Tuesday 19 November 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1350 (inc. GST)


Resolving complex sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct cases

Factors such as absent respondents, reluctant witnesses, conflicting statements and organisational politics all contribute to making sexual harassment, bullying or misconduct cases more complex than they initially seem. This program will introduce a simple approach to investigating and resolving complaints, with a focus on the cases that are particularly disruptive to business, challenging to resolve and personally taxing for you as the investigator.

This program will assist you to:

  • plan an investigation effectively
  • anticipate issues that might make the investigation more complex
  • make a call based on the evidence you collect
  • develop a thorough and well structured report of the investigation
  • influence key stakeholders to support your findings and recommendations.

For detailed program information please click here.

Melbourne

Wednesday 31 July 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Sydney

Wednesday 8 May 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Perth

Thursday 22 August 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)

Brisbane

Tuesday 22 October 2013
9.00am – 5.00pm
$1,350 (inc. GST)


Registration

To register for any of these programs or to enquire about a customised program, please download the registration form or contact us on EPIPrograms@hsf.com or 03 9288 1920.