Recorded Webinar: Managing the Legal Challenges of an Ageing Workforce


Date: Tuesday 11th August 2020
Approximate Length: 1 Hour

With the average retirement age continuing to rise, a growing number of older employees are remaining in the workforce. While an ageing labour market can provide invaluable experience and expertise, they do come with their own unique demands and challenges, particularly when it comes to flexible working arrangements.  This session examines the implications of an ageing workforce for employers. It covers:

  • Avoiding age-based discrimination and unconscious bias
  • Reasonable adjustments to accommodate age-related declines in physical strength or cognitive ability
  • Accommodating demands for flexibility - health issues, caring for elderly parents or grandchildren
  • Spotlight on flexibility arrangements for older employees:
    • What are flexible working arrangements?
    • Who can request flexible working arrangements?
    • Understanding recent changes to Modern Awards
    • What must an employer do with a request?
    • When can an employer refuse a request for flexible working arrangements?
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Kristen Lopes, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney
Kristen Lopes is a partner in the Employment and Safety team with expertise in employment, antidiscrimination and industrial relations law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.

Kristen represents clients in a broad range of sectors including: education, healthcare, retail, insurance, manufacturing, transport, registered clubs, not for profit and religious. In particular, Kristen has specific expertise working with independent schools and assists schools defend unfair dismissal and general protection applications, as well as, workplace bullying claims. Kristen also assists schools prepare employment contracts, manage staffing and return to work issues along with staff terminations and workplace restructures.

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 and was named as CBP's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2016.  Prior to being admitted as a solicitor in NSW, 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 joined CBP Lawyers in 2006.


This webinar is suitable for HR professionals 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.

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 Price:  $198.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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