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Contemporary HR Policies - 2022: KL2206

Kristen Lopes + Karell Schmitt-Virgo
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:55:17

This talk by Kristen Lopes and Karell Schmitt-Virgo, from Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers, raises awareness of the importance of contemporary HR policies for employers and employees.

It outlines the full scope of areas to be addressed by workplace policy, and covers several emerging issues which should be considered to assess whether your HR policies are up to date, in particular the engagement of workers and remuneration policies.

Of particular interest is the discussion around worker definitions specific to casual and permanent employees, as well as providing clarity on the processes for engaging independent contractors, to ensure that they are not employees.

The clear message is that a little bit of time and attention to these policy matters now, can save a lot of time, headaches and cost further down the track.

This talk is a part of the ongoing Colin Biggers & Paisley HR Highlights series. You can hear about the monthly sessions by registering here, or by following them on Linkedin.

This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 9
At the completion of this course you will:

  • Understand what HR or Workplace Policy means

  • Be aware of the elements that HR policies cover and what the best practice requires
  • Appreciate the difference between Casual & Permanent employment and what this means to the worker and the employer
  • Understand what differentiates a Contractor from an Employee
  • Be aware of Best Practice for work agreements
  • Understand the power and focus of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Kristen Lopes is a partner in the Employment and Safety team with expertise in employment, industrial relations and human rights law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.
    Kristen represents clients in a large number of industries including the service, retail, financial, insurance, manufacturing, transport clubs, healthcare, education and not for profit sectors. She also has extensive experience speaking at conferences and conducting client seminars on workplace issues.

    Kristen regularly advises employers on legislation relevant to the workplace, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). In addition, she assists employers deal with issues arising from employment contracts, the interpretation of industrial awards and related instruments, privacy issues, termination and restructuring strategies, return to work and workplace policies.

    Kristen has a special interest in managing workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying. In 2004, she was invited to present a paper at the Oxford University Round Table on discrimination in employment.

    In May 2010 Kristen received her master of laws degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney, focusing on comparative employment law. She obtained the prize in advanced employment law in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2008 McCallum Medal Presentation Competition where she presented on workplace bullying. Kristen was also a finalist in the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award.

    Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario Canada in 1995 and practised employment law as a partner in one of Canada's leading law firms until she relocated to Australia. Kristen was admitted as a solicitor in NSW and joined CBP Lawyers in 2006.

     drafting and advising on employment agreements, restraints of trade and workplace policies
     managing workplace discrimination and harassment
     advising on employment issues including termination, restructuring and transfers of
     conciliating, mediating and litigating employment disputes in Fair Work Commission, state
    commissions, tribunals and in the courts
     advising on enterprise bargaining and industrial relations matters
     conducting employer training on workplace issues