Labour Law in 2019 – continuity, change and emerging challenges
15 and 16 November 2019 at Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington
Professor Tonia Novitz University of Bristol on “The perils of collective begging: comparative problems in collective labour law.”
Dr Joanna Howe University of Adelaide on the legal regulation of temporary labour migration.
The impact of violence and harassment on the workplace: Steph Dyhrberg, Yvonne Oldfield and Lisa Heap and Katee Yukich will look at a range of issues including sexual harassment, the 2019 ILO Violence and Harassment Convention and issues relating to domestic violence leave.
Individual employment: This session includes papers on private security laws and workplace investigations; a comparative perspective on employee rights in insolvencies; and non-work conduct and employment.
Workplace Health and Safety: Papers will cover topics such as: Should mediation have a role in WHS, WHS prosecutions and the WHS implications of bullying and harassment.
Trade Unions: This session will look at the concept of union membership being a default option; freedom of association in Australia; and trade union regulation.
Technology and Work: In this session topics will include workers in the age of Uber; workers’ rights to human dignity in an age of AI; legal issues relating to technological innovation.\
Dispute resolution: Access to justice and effective dispute resolution are areas of increasing concern. Papers will cover topics including Do low-paid workers get short-changed? Enforcement of employment standards; Effectiveness of state-supplied mediation; Protective functions of labour tribunals; and Accessorial liability.
International concerns: Modern slavery and international exploitation of workers remain key concerns. A number of papers will look at aspects of this problem.