News brief, 03/07/12


News brief, 03/07/12

New Advisory Council on skilled migration | Three years of Fair Work — pain only deepens for employers: AMMA | 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September.


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New Advisory Council on skilled migration | Three years of Fair Work — pain only deepens for employers: AMMA | 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September.

New Advisory Council on skilled migration
The new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) will provide the Federal Government with expert advice on the role of skilled migration in the Australian economy, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, has announced.

‘Skilled migration plays a valuable role in addressing current and future skill shortages, as well as lessening the impact of Australia’s ageing population, and it’s important that we have fresh perspectives on how to best address these issues,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘This new ministerial advisory council will provide the Government with independent advice to help develop our migration policies and programs.’

Mr Bowen said the council members have been drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and professional expertise.

‘I welcome the appointment of Mr Michael Easson AM as chair of the 18-member council,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘Mr Easson brings substantial experience to the council from his work as the executive chair of the EG Property Group, business consultant at Allens Arthur Robinson, deputy chair of ACT Electricity and Water Corporation, director of Macquarie Infrastructure Investment Management and Metro Transport, independent director of ING Management, and former vice president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.’

The other members of the new council include:
  • Mr Grant O’Brien, managing director and CEO Woolworths
  • Mr James Pearson, chief executive of Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
  • Ms Karen Read, general manager of Financial Services, Commercial and Administration, Xstrata
  • Mr Innes Willox, chief executive of Australian Industry Group
  • Mr Paul Howes, national secretary of Australian Workers’ Union
  • Ms Ged Kearney, president of Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Prof Peter McDonald AM, director of Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, ANU
  • Mr Dave Noonan, national secretary of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
  • Mr Peter Tighe, national secretary of Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia.

In addition, each state and territory will be represented by a government official nominated by its state premier or territory chief minister.

Three years of Fair Work — pain only deepens for employers: AMMA
On the three-year anniversary of the Fair Work Act 2009, the latest academic research into its operation and impact on the resource industry has shown an ongoing deterioration of the Australian workplace relations environment and several areas in need of urgent reform.

Led by an RMIT University researcher, the fifth report of the ongoing AMMA Workplace Relations Research Project serves as a timely reminder to the Federal Government that anything other than major reforms will see its Fair Work Act Review process fail to make significant industrial or productivity improvements.

‘This report marks two years since the first publication of the results of this ongoing study and clearly demonstrates the industrial environment has shifted dramatically for the worse,’ says Minna Knight, acting chief executive of resource industry employer group AMMA.

3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals — September
The 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth over 17 to 24 September 2012.

A range of topic, including adverse action, will be addressed.

  • 17 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Brisbane
  • 18 September 2012, Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
  • 19 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Melbourne
  • 20 September 2012, Stamford Plaza Adelaide
  • 24 September 2012, Medina Grand Perth
The promoters have provided the following information about the event.
Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals is a one-day intensive Masterclass style conference developed for Australia’s HR managers and directors, workplace relations managers, employee relations managers, front line managers, owner/operators of small to medium businesses and industrial relations managers.

Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals contains fresh insights into the impacts on Australian HR professionals when dealing with myriad workplace law regulations affecting Australian workplaces.

Extensive research has been undertaken to ascertain the most pressing issues, and Akolade’s 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals bring to light these new areas of concern. Fresh angles, fresh topics and Akolade’s leading speaker line up means that the 3rd Workplace Law Fundamentals is the best place to find the answers to the legal minefield that is Australia’s industrial relations regulation.

Key benefits
  • gain best practice techniques to successfully defend against adverse action claims
  • understand personal liability for HR managers and oOfficer’s under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • ensure enforceable restraint of trade provisions
  • develop transparent and enforceable termination policies
  • move beyond good faith bargaining requirements to successfully negotiate enterprise bargaining agreements
  • understand when to performance manage and when to implement disciplinary actions
Testimonials from Akolade’s Workplace Law Fundamentals September 2011
  • ‘Very relevant topics, good format (ie brief discussion/presentations on numerous topics)’: Louise Coad, HR Coordinator, Clark Toop & Taylor
  • ‘Lots of useful information. Very thought provocative’: Christine King, senior director — HR, Australian National Audit Office
  • ‘Great variety of presenters with each topic covered in excellent detail. Good opportunity to ask questions and follow up with access to the lawyers in breaks’: Louise Adamson, manager HR, Asia–Pacific Region, Alexander Mann Solutions
Who should attend?
  • HR managers and directors
  • workplace relations managers
  • employee relations managers
  • front line managers
  • owner/operators of small to medium enterprises
  • industrial relations managers
For more information and to register visit the conference website
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