Legislation reform under the Labor Government - the likely changes impacting recruitment

11:00am Tuesday, 28 June 2022
12:00pm Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Legal and Compliance Webinars
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

While the impact of our new Labor Government may take some time to unfold, significant changes are ahead across the industrial relations portfolio, many of which will impact the recruitment industry.

APSCo Managing Director Lesley Horsburgh will sit down with Nicola Martin and Kim Hodge from Squire Patton Boggs to discuss the key issues recruitment agencies should be ready for.

This fireside chat will explore

  • Casual Employment – unwinding last year’s changes
  • Job Security (including reducing the use of labour hire in the Australian Public Service)
  • The proposed National Labour Hire Licensing Scheme
  • Same-job, same-pay
  • Portable entitlements
  • Capping maximum-term contracts
  • The Respect@Work recommendations
  • Wage theft
  • Superannuation

Who should attend?: In-house legal counsel, HR and any senior manager or business owner.


Nicola Martin, Partner, Labour & Employment Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs

Nicola Martin is a partner in the Labour & Employment Practice Group. She is a highly regarded lawyer with two decades’ experience advising clients on the full spectrum of employment relations, industrial relations and human resources matters.

Nicola’s focus is on how she can best support her clients in their strategic objectives, while navigating a heavily regulated environment. She is not only reactive to their issues, but also particularly enjoys rolling out proactive training to boards, management, HR teams and employees on employment issues. Nicola often guides clients through discrimination, bullying and harassment issues, as well as the day-to-day aspects of the employment life cycle, including advice around recruitment, managing employee performance and conduct issues, workplace change and redundancies, drafting and reviewing employment and contractor agreements, conducting workplace investigations, restraint of trade queries, drafting collective agreements and advising on terminations. She has a particular interest in global mobility issues and enjoys providing support to the Corporate team, providing advice on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Nicola regularly represents clients in a variety of courts and tribunals, including the Federal Court, Supreme Court and Fair Work Commission.

Secondments to a major financial institution, a transport corporation and a multinational infrastructure organisation have provided Nicola with invaluable insights into her clients’ priorities and how to support them achieve their people and culture objectives. Nicola’s practical, commercial advice is valued by senior management, boards and HR teams within multinational corporations, insurers, SMEs and family-owned enterprises in the private sector, as well as government and other public sector clients.

Kim Hodge, Partner, Labour & Employment Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs

Kim Hodge is a partner in the Labour & Employment Practice Group. Kim provides strategic legal advice on industrial relations, employment and human resources matters. His expertise covers employment contracts and disputes; unfair and unlawful terminations; redundancies; complex and sensitive workplace investigations; performance management; restraints of trade; workplace health and safety; general protection claims; enterprise bargaining; and equal opportunity and discrimination matters.

He advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters and represents clients before the Fair Work Commission, WA Industrial Relations Commission, Equal Opportunity Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, Magistrates Court, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia.

Kim works with clients across a number of different industries, including mining and resources, retail, engineering, utilities, education and not-for-profit. He also has significant experience providing advice to the public and local government sectors.

Kim also assists human resource teams with their internal professional development training needs, as well as updating and auditing of HR policies and procedures.

His previous experience includes frontline human resources and employee relations roles for a major Australian resources company, working as a labour market economist and as a workplace and labour relations inspector for a public sector agency. Kim combines this practical understanding of day-to-day workplace matters with his technical legal skills to provide clients with commercially minded advice.


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