Succeed in the boardroom: WOBChat: #Me Too - Compliance Obligations under the Respect@Work Act
Date Wednesday, 06 March 2024
Time 06 Mar 17:00 - 06 Mar 18:00 AEST
Venue Zoom Virtual Online
Pricing Free Event
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 06 March 2024

WOBChat is a one hour moderated session with a guest speaker sharing insights, experiences, and expertise with WOB members. Held between 5:00pm and 6:00pm, WOBChat provides a facilitated and friendly environment in which members can be educated on and discuss a specific topic or issue.

This event is complimentary to Premium, Full, Corporate and Champion WOB Members

#MeToo: More Than a Hashtag! Compliance Obligations under the Respect@Work Act  

Join us at our WOBChat to hear from our guest speaker, Kate Walawski where we will discuss the increased exposure and extended obligations that arise under the new legislative measures to address and eliminate sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.

We will focus on:
  • an examination of the key changes arising from the Respect@Work Act and the consequential amendments and intersection with the FW Act and the Sex Discrimination Act;
  • what does the new positive duty look like in practice and what is the increased liability for failure to take positive action;
  • changes to the powers and functions of the Australian Human Rights Commission and what they mean for organisations and board members;
  • what is now required of employers and board members to ensure compliance with the new legislative requirements; and
  • what measures should be implemented in order to minimise risk and exposure.
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms that many Board members are either not aware of or ill-prepared for the AHRC’s new powers which commenced 12 December 2023. >>Read SMH article here

Guest Speaker: Kate Walawski

Barrister At Law, Independent Bar
Founder and Principal Consultant, Sage Strategic Consulting
Contributing Author, LexisNexis National Work Health and Safety (WA) publication

Kate is an Employment Law and Workplace Health and Safety Lawyer. She is an experienced and trusted workplace relations advisor and advocate, having held principal positions in private practice, including head of practice and partner of a boutique firm, for over 11 years.

She has extensive experience in helping businesses traverse the ever-changing employment and safety law landscape and assisting them to minimise their legal risk and achieve legal compliance. She has assisted clients in managing work force challenges and has played a pivotal role in supporting the long-term growth of her clients’ businesses.

As a passionate educator Kate is regularly called on as a key-note speaker and frequently presents at seminars and conferences. She also delivers tailored training workshops on workplace and safety issues and employment law best practice.  >>LinkedIn

Hosted by Claire Braund

Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, WOB Australia Pty Ltd (appointed Feb 2018)
Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Former Non-Executive Director Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd

As the co-founder of Women on Boards, both in Australia (2006) and the UK (2012) it goes without saying that Claire has a wealth of experience in working with women who are seeking board roles. She is an informed,  entertaining and engaging presenter who brings the world of boards across a wide range of sectors alive to participants and is able to quickly connect the dots and match people to areas aligned to their skills and interests. Claire is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has a deep understanding of the board environment across a wide range of sectors.