Balancing Employment Law Rights and Obligations
|13:00 – 14:00||Forum Registrations & Name Badge Collection|
|14:00 – 14:15||
OPENING ADDRESS OF THE INAUGURAL LAWASIA EMPLOYMENT LAW FORUM
|14:15 – 15:30||KEYNOTE SESSION
Migrant Labour Issues: The Rights of Migrant Workers and the Obligations of Employers
The issues faced by migrant workers and their employers are different in the various jurisdictions across our region. In this session four speakers from a range of Asia Pacific jurisdictions will focus on aspects of migrant workers’ rights and the corresponding obligations of their employers.
Chair: Ms Keat Ching Wong | ZUL RAFIQUE & partners (MALAYSIA)
|15:30 – 16:00||Afternoon Refreshments & Networking|
|16:00 – 17:30||SESSION 1
Emerging Issues: What will Work of the Future Look Like, and is there Potential for Uniformity of Model Terms and Conditions Across National and Transnational Employment?
The future of work is a tantalising issue and in this session speakers will give their perspectives on some of the future issues. These will include the future of work itself, and with the increasing trend of trans-national employment, are there opportunities to standardise some aspects of trans national employment? The laws of host and dispatching jurisdictions are obviously important and some terms and conditions are matters for trade unions and individual employees and their employers. However, there may be some terms and conditions which could be formulated for inclusion in a non-binding uniform code. This session explores some future possibilities.
Chair: Mr Brian Williamson | WilliamsonBarwick (AUSTRALIA)
|18:00 – 20:00||Welcome Reception
Poolside Terrace, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
|9:00 – 10:30||SESSION 2
Employment Law Implications of Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions bring with them important and often fundamental changes for employees. The implications can include redundancy, a change of employer, change of job content, technical redundancy, and the balancing of employment law obligations and the commercial imperatives such as meeting regulatory requirement disclosures to shareholders and the market. Speakers will look at aspects of this important interface between commercial and employment law realities.
Chair: Ms Wati M Seeto | Reserve Bank of Fiji (FIJI)
|10:30 – 11:00||Morning Refreshments & Networking|
|11:00 – 12:30||SESSION 3
Disciplinary Investigations: The Need to be both Effective and Fair
In most jurisdictions for disciplinary action by an employer to be valid and effective, it must be based on an investigation process that is fair to the employee. There is often a tension between what employees see as a fair process and what employers see as effective. Speakers will explore aspects of this tension and comment on how to achieve both fairness and effectiveness and explore some aspects of the range of situations where the needs of fairness and effectiveness arise.
Chair: Ms Poonam Maharaj-Wong | Neel Shivam Lawyers (FIJI)
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch & Networking|
|13:30 – 15:00||SESSION 4
Social Media, Privacy, and IT issues: Balancing Employment Law Rights and Obligations Where Business Information is Involved
The importance of social media and the development of IT are facts of life. The increasingly blurred distinction between work hours and private time, the elusive ‘work life balance’, is but one of the factors that adds to this complexity. The balancing of employees’ opportunities and rights to communicate through social media with employers’ corresponding interest in the social media activities of their employees, the privacy of employees and the protections employers are entitled to for their business information, are just some of the challenging and topical issues. Speakers from a range of jurisdictions will give their perspectives on aspects of this major an important topic.
Chair: Mr Graeme Colgan | Retired Chief Judge of the Employment Law Court (NEW ZEALAND)
|15:00 – 15:30||Afternoon Refreshments & Networking|
|15:30 – 16:45||SESSION 5
This will be an interactive session comprising a panel including some presenters from the business session, and with opportunities to contribute comments and pursue further any of the topics covered in the formal sessions, and other topical employment law issues in our region.
|16:45 – 17:00||Closing remarks|