Workplace Relations in the Modern Workplace

A CBS Executive Education Masterclass

Professionals in a modern office

This masterclass is designed for those who need practical knowledge on everyday issues in employee relations, including:

  • recruitment
  • conflict and dispute resolution
  • bullying
  • underperformance
  • anti-discrimination
  • health and safety
  • ending employment.

Why complete this masterclass?

As modern workplaces grow increasingly complex, organisations must ensure that they maintain their knowledge of workplace and employee relations.

Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman recently delivered celebrity chef George Calombaris a $200,000 ‘contrition’ fine for underpaying more than 500 of his current and former employees a total of $7.8 million.

That well-publicised case highlighted that Australia’s industrial relations landscape is complex and precarious. It is particularly tricky for organisations that lack in-house IR practitioners and employment lawyers.

Our one-day masterclass, is designed to address challenges faced by those in corporate, non-profit, local government, consultancy along with SME owners in all sectors – HR professionals in organisations without discrete IR expertise would also find this masterclass highly valuable.

Who is the program for?

This masterclass is suited for those in corporate, non-profit, local government and consultancy organisations, along with small and medium business owners across all sectors. Human resource professionals in organisations without discrete industrial relations expertise will also find this one day masterclass highly valuable.

Program details

Date: 12 March 2020 (This program has now concluded. If you are interested in attending future sessions, please submit an expression of interest to our team.)

Time: 9am – 4.30pm

Where:137 St Georges Tce, Perth 6000 (map)

Curtin Alumni / current students: $479
General: $529

Inclusive of a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Key takeaways

Facilitated by Associate Professor Kantha Dayaram and Dr Eileen Aitken-Fox, the program draws on professional practice, case studies, case law and simulations.

You will participate in role plays and debates, and learn the tools and techniques to resolve tricky HR and IR issues.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • the obligations of SME owners and HR professionals under the Fair Work Act 2009
  • where to access accurate information about employment conditions and minimum standards
  • about employee recruitment and what to do when things don’t work out
  • how to manage employees, particularly poor performance and excessive absenteeism
  • how to recognise and address interpersonal conflict and bullying
  • about your dispute resolution obligations
  • legislation and requirements for a safe workplace.

Being practical and hands-on, the masterclass will provide you with the skills to manage potential HR issues efficiently with limited resources.

Program schedule

TimeTitle Facilitators
9:00am – 10:30am• High-level view of the Fair Work Act: what you need to know

• Hiring and engaging employees
• A/Prof. Dayaram

• Dr Aitken-Fox
10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am – 12:30pmTeam conflict, bullying and dispute resolutionA/Prof. Dayaram
12:30pm – 1:15pmLunch
1:15pm – 2:30pmUnderperforming employees and excessive absenteeismDr Aitken-Fox
2:30pm – 3:00pmAfternoon tea
3:00pm – 4:30pm• Ending employment: unfair dismissal and adverse action

• Health and Safety
• A/Prof. Dayaram

• Dr Aitken-Fox


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Express your interest

If you are interested in attending future sessions, please submit an expression of interest to our team.