Monday 21 October 2019

Conference Highlights

Labour Law in 2019 – continuity, change and emerging challenges
15 and 16 November 2019 at Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington

Keynote Speakers
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.

Conference Sessions
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.