Managing and caring for your practice staff
This event will highlight the importance of employee relations and ensuring you have the knowledge and understanding to address issues as they arise.
The day will have three key sessions:
- Employment Law Essentials (1.5 hours)
- Mental Health in the Workplace Lifecycle – legal, commercial and moral considerations (1.5 hours)
- Workplace Wellness - Mental Health in the workplace (1 hour)
Session 1: Employment Law Essentials
Good employee workplace practices are essential to running a successful practice. In this session, Bianca will explore some topical issues affecting our modern-day workplaces including:
- Unfair dismissal jurisdictions
- Discrimination jurisdiction
- Psychological safety in the workplace
SESSION 2: Mental Health in the Workplace Lifecycle
With up to 1 in 5 Australian adults suffering from a mental illness in any year, managing the mental health and well-being of our workforce resonates as a compelling measure of how an organisation values its people.
In this presentation, Bianca Seeto, Partner and accredited Workplace Relations Specialist with FCB Workplace Law will discuss field-tested examples of how to manage mental health in the workplace with deftness, sensitivity and an understanding of the commercial imperatives of the organisation.
The increasing prevalence of employees experiencing mental health issues at work gives rise to several complex legal, commercial and moral considerations. For example:
The session will conclude with an interactive group workshop with video case studies to spark the discussion.
- How should employers address the productivity of an under-performing employee without negatively impacting on their mental health?
- How can employers carry out an effective workplace investigation without giving rise to a bullying and harassment complaint or a workers’ compensation claim due to stress?
- At what point does an employer cease to have liability for their employees’ mental health? If you know an employee is leaving the workplace distressed due to events at work, do your obligations continue outside the workplace?
SESSION 3: Supporting Mental Health in the workplace
Mental health problems can be complex and can present in a variety of different ways. For some people struggling with their mental well-being, friends and work colleagues may be the first people they feel comfortable opening up to.
Positive support for colleagues is a valuable way in which you can encourage someone who is struggling with their mental health to seek further support and commence their recovery. When we notice someone at work is experiencing difficulties however, it can sometimes be difficult to know when or how to support them.
This presentation provides an overview of strategies that can be helpful to support positive mental health in the workplace and things to consider when supporting someone you might be worried about.
Bianca Seeto, FCB Workplace Law
Bianca is a partner and solicitor with FCB Workplace Law and was in charge of setting up FCB Group’s Brisbane office, which opened in September 2015. She is an accredited specialist in workplace relations law. She has been providing clients with industrial relations and employment law advice for over 15 years.
Bianca’s areas of expertise are:
- Negotiating and drafting enterprise agreements
- Advising on performance management issues and dismissal of employees
- Advising on restructures and redundancies
- Advising and representing clients facing unfair dismissal claims, discrimination, general protections and wages claims
- Advising and representing clients in matters relating to transfer of businesses
- Advising and representing clients in matters relating to workplace bullying complaints
- Drafting employment contracts, policies and procedures.
Susan Long, Workplace Wellness Australia
Susan Long is an experienced Psychologist and the Clinical Director of Workplace Wellness Australia. Susan has formal qualifications both at a graduate and postgraduate level from Charles Sturt University, Melbourne University and Monash University combined with a broad range of experience in providing psychology services within organisations and the community.
Workplace Wellness Australia is a vibrant provider of Workplace Wellness Programs including Employee Assistance counselling, informative resources, well-being workshops and other organisational support services to companies and organisations throughout Australia. Workplace Wellness takes a supportive, positive and proactive approach in how they provide well-being programs and support for your employees and members to assist them to achieve a positive sense of health and well-being in both their personal and professional lives.
Practice Advantage Subscriber - FREE
Non Practice Advantage Subscriber - $330
4 Non-Scientific hours for lecture