Recorded Webinar: Working Beyond the Nine to Five: Hours of Work and Employer Obligations


10th February 2020
Duration:  approx. 1 hour

You've spoken and we've listened. From 1/8/19 we've structured most of our webinars to run for one hour - the ideal length for staff training sessions. And, for most of you the webinars will be held at lunchtime - the ideal time for attending live webinars.

An employee can work a maximum of 38 hours in a week unless an employer asks them to work reasonable extra hours. Sounds simple enough in theory, but what is meant by ‘reasonable’? And, what are the risks of employers when staff are putting in more than the maximum hours of work? This session unpacks the tricky issues surrounding hours of work, including:

  • What does the award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement say?

  • Understanding the spread of hours and averaging arrangements that may apply

  • What factors determine whether additional hours are reasonable?

    • Addressing increased work flow versus employee fatigue

    • What do your workplace policies say?

    • Responding to an employee complaint regarding long hours - tips and tricks

  • Two jobs with a single employer - do the hours count as one? Lessons from Lacson v Australian Postal Corporation

  • Case study: King & Wood Mallesons’ Worksafe investigation


Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia, Sydney

An experienced litigator representing employers when litigation is unavoidable or advantageous, Erin has the game plan needed to protect or attack. She has worked in both private practice and in-house roles and uses her experience of being a client to deliver the best legal strategy through a lens of practicality.  She enjoys using the opportunities presented by employment and industrial problems to deliver outcomes for her clients.

Erin has extensive experience managing employment investigations and assisting clients respond to regulatory compliance inquiries. She enjoys working closely with clients on innovative legal projects, including business critical or highly sensitive matters, where the legal strategy has to be tailored to achieve the objectives.  Erin works with clients across a range of industries, including responding to single employee or union claims as well as day-to-day employment queries.

Erin has been recognised in Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and Doyle's Guide. She often provides commentary around changes in the employment and industrial relations landscape at industry conferences and has been quoted in go-to industry publications.


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.

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Product Code: WBGFEB20
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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