Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Employment Law Explained

Obtain crucial information on important and recent changes to the employment laws to help you come to grips with the concepts that directly impact psychology practices, such as the laws relating to contractor vs employee considerations, discrimination, sexual harassment and criminalising wage theft plus have an eye out for changes identified to come into force in the future.

Thursday, 9 May 2024

Dr Amanda White, Registered Psychologist, Neuropsychological & Forensic Services


Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

12.30pm to 2.00pm Employment Law Explained


  • Understanding the Current Legal Definition of Independent Contractor and Employee
    • Key features of each form of engagement
    • Key scenarios in which contracts have “employment” like benefits
  • Recent Changes to Workplace Laws You Need to Know
    • Requests for flexible working requests under the Fair Work Act 2009
    • Additional discrimination protections
    • Criminalising wage theft
    • Sexual harassment in the workplace
    • New positive duty to eliminate sexual harassment and sex discrimination
  • Other upcoming changes
    • What else is on the reform agenda for 2024?

Presented by Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia and Emma Tullberg, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia


Dr Amanda J White, Neuropsychological & Forensic Services
Dr White is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive training and experience in the preparation of forensic psychological and neuropsychological reports. She is skilled in the comprehensive assessment of cognitive, behavioural and psychological impairments associated with complex histories, multiple comorbidities and a range of conditions, including acquired brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders, psychological and psychiatric illness, neurological conditions, intellectual disability, substance use disorders and forensic matters including risk assessment. She has extensive experience conducting assessments and reports surrounding decision making and capacity evaluations. She has appeared as an expert witness in the NSW courts and various tribunals.

Erin Hawthorne, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Erin is an employment law specialist and an experienced litigator, representing employers when litigation is either unavoidable or advantageous. She has worked in both private practice and in-house roles and uses her experience of having been a client to deliver the best legal strategy through a lens of practicality.

Emma Tullberg, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
Navigating the complex and ever-changing world of workplace relations, whilst meeting business needs can be challenging for employers. Emma works to assist clients by understanding their needs and goals to deliver practical and considered solutions in line with legal obligations. Emma draws on her experience and unique insights at the Fair Work Commission to assist clients in employment and industrial relations matters. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Emma was associate to Deputy President Young at the Fair Work Commission. During this time, Emma was exposed to a wide range of matters, including industrial action, unfair dismissals, general protections, enterprise agreements, and workplace disputes. Emma approaches problems with a pragmatic, solution-focused mindset. At Seyfarth, she enjoys working alongside preeminent employment and industrial relations, and workplace health and safety solicitors to solve workplace challenges and achieve workplace objectives for leading employers.

This seminar is part of a series

Psychologists and the Law in 2024

Designed specifically with psychologists in mind, this lunchtime webinar series will help you steer a safe course through the legal issues that can affect the success of your practice. Receive a step-by-step guide to setting up your practice, obtain a comprehensive guide to recent changes to employment law that affect you, learn from our experts about client complaints and professional regulation, learn about safety at work, rights and obligations, and hear about changes to the laws around family violence, apprehended violence and the new rules relating to coercive control that impact on your professional practice.


Attend the full series and earn 7.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

If you register for the full series as a live online product after the date of an individual session, you will be sent the recording for the sessions that have passed. Alternatively, you can register for individual sessions by following the links below.


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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Employment Law Explained


Single Session
Thursday, 09 May 2024
12.30pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1.5
Online 20240422 20240509


On Demand 20240422 20240509

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