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Employment Law Update (2019): KL1903

Kristen Lopes
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 01:05:10
This talk by Kristen Lopes, a partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley lawyers, provides a broad update to current employment law in Australia. It is intended to provide a framework for understanding the broad framework of the legal obligation on both the employer and the employee.
The most significant piece of legislation today is the Fair Work Act (2009) which was fully implemented on 2010.
The talk introduces the the Fair Work Act (FW Act)and then also discusses specific elements of the law with regard to Termination, Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.
This CPD course relates to the following AACA NCSA Elements: 9
  • Appreciate the basis of the ten National Employment Standards (NES)
  • Understand the processes and recourse available for unfair dismissal
  • Appreciate the obligations as an employer for notification of employee rights
  • Understand the basis of claims under the FW Act, including unfair dismissal and General Protection applications 
  • Be aware of the requirements for 'Due Process' in dealings between employers and employees
  • Be informed of the issues relating to the use of social media in the workplace
  • Understand what Sexual Harassment and Bullying are in the workplace
  • Be aware of the vicarious liability as an employer
  • Be aware of other key issues affecting Casual Employment and Contractor relationships
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