Electronic Workplace Law (4-day Masterclass)
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Electronic Workplace Law (4-day Masterclass)

Electronic Workplace Law (4-day Masterclass)

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Monash University Law Chambers

555 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Alumni & Friends of Monash Law

Exclusively for our valued Alumni and their friends, this is an exciting opportunity to take part in this select Masters elective for professional development without the onerous requirements of a full student enrolment.

Analyse the contemporary employment and labour law issues relating to the modern workplace in the electronic era.

CLASS DATES:  25, 27 October, 15 & 18 November 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm 

Dual Delivery Mode
This is a dual delivery mode, meaning attendees from the Alumni & Friends Program and Law Masters students share the classroom experience. Alumni & Friends attendees are not enrolled as students and do not complete unit assessment for credit.

This class covers the following topics:

  • The impact of the new electronic workplace on the nature of work and the traditional legal categories of worker, the burgeoning of consultants, 'homework' and flexible employment arrangements and their significance.

  • Use of social media sites, eg, 'facebook', and formal and informal internet sites for background checks in recruitment and discipline of employees.

  • Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in a workplace transformed by new technology and electronic means and impact of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) on right to flexible work and working from home.

  • Changed employment rights and duties in the new contractual arrangements, including redundancy, because of the introduction of new technology, and impact of modern awards and enterprise agreements.

  • Privacy legislation and its significance in the electronic workplace.

  • Employment practices and policy about emails and use of internet and the relevance of unfair dismissal laws and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) in enforcing internet employment policy.

  • Electronic surveillance of employees and the workplace, including via social media sites, and rights and duties of employers and workers and the 'control' of employees' private lives.

  • Sexual harassment through the internet, the application of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the impact of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

  • Occupational health and safety duties and rights in an electronic workplace.

Registrants will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to legal principles relevant to the modern workplace which has been affected by changes in information technology and electronic methods of communication, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning

  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to rights and duties of employers and employees in the modern electronic workplace, including surveillance and privacy

  • Conduct research in law relating to the electronic workplace based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods

  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to contemporary employment and labour law issues pertaining to the workplace in the modern electronic era and to provide a forum for critiques of these issues.

Who should attend
Law, government and allied professionals with an interest in the fast changing electronic environment and related legal issues.

24 CPD units
Please check with your CPD scheme to confirm how many units you can accrue.

Presenter: Professor Marilyn Pittard

Marilyn PittardProfessor Marilyn Pittard has just finished a term as Associate Dean, International and Engagement from 2011 to end 2015, and is Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, with responsibility for labour and employment law in both the undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. 

Professor Pittard has published several books and publishes extensively in labour law and industrial relations journals. She has recently published:

Australian Labour and Employment Law, 
LexisNexis, (M Pittard and R Naughton 2015)

Business Innovation and the Law: Perspectives from Intellectual Property, Labour, Competition and Corporate Law, edited by Pittard, Monotti and Duns (Edward Elgar, 2013). 

More Information 
Nina Massara
P: +613 9903 8528

Single Unit Study 
Please visit the Monash Postgraduate Law website if you wish to enrol in this class as a single unit enrolment for university credit or award. (Eligibility criteria apply.)

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