Recorded Webinar: Sexual Harassment and Bullying Damages Awards: The Stakes are Rising

Thursday 21st July 2016

Duration: approx 2 hours

About the webinar

Employers beware. Since Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd and Tucker, there has been a significant shift in the courts approach to assessing damages in sexual harassment cases.  This session will discuss the potential size of damages awards as well as practical tips employers can take in attempting to reduce the risk of huge awards. It includes:

  • A look at large award cases:
    • Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd and Tucker [2014] FCAFC 82
    • Collins v Smith (Human Rights) [2015] VCAT 1992
    • Mathews v Winslow Constructors (Vic) Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 728
  • What are the drivers for large awards?
  • Injuries as a result of harassment and bullying – understanding psychological disorders and PTSD
  • What remedies and damages are available to employees?
  • Investigating bullying and harassment – ensuring you take complaints seriously and investigate properly
  • Strategies employers can adopt to reduce the risk of a large award:
    • workplace policies behaviour policies – ensuring they comply with the law
    • training and educating employees
    • complaints mechanisms – is your system clear and thorough?

Who should attend

This webinar is suitable for HR professionals, in-house Counsel and lawyers practising in employment law – Australia wide.  This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

Justine Turnbull, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia, Sydney        

Justine brings together her extensive legal skills and strong industry knowledge to provide practical and commercial advice on a broad range of employment related matters, in particular, employment and post-employment obligations and disputes, executive employment arrangements and discrimination and harassment claims and investigations. She has experience in advising major companies in a range of industries including financial services, media, gaming, retail, manufacturing and distribution, resources, recruitment, property and ports and logistics.
Justine also has experience in working as an in-house legal adviser with a large Australian listed entity which gives her a deep understanding of clients’ commercial and operational needs.
Justine was included in the Best Lawyers Employee Benefits list for 2012 and 2013 and the Employment list for 2013. She is a contributing author of the 2014 LexisNexis publications on Paid Parental Leave and Bullying.

Product Code: WBTJUL16
 Price:  $242.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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