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EMA Employment Relations Conference - Programme

EMA Employment Relations Conference

21 & 22 August 2000, Sheraton Hotel Auckland

The new ERA: A new era of good faith
Day One:

8.50 Comments from the Conference Chair
Alasdair Thompson, CEO, EMA Northern

The Employment Relations Bill
Chair: John Campbell, TV3(To be Confirmed)


9.00 In Practice, An Employers perspective
Anne Knowles, Chief Executive, NZ Employers Federation

9.20 In Practice, A Unions Perspective
Paul Goulter, Secretary, NZ Council of Trade Unions

10.00 Panel Discussion
Ross Wilson, Anne Knowles, Dr Peter Boxall, Peter Tritt, Fran O’Sullivan

10.50 Morning Tea

11.10 Productive Management Practices in the New Employment Relations Environment
What are the critical features of the new environment? What practices will be helpful in:
 Work organisation and staffing structures
 Recruitment, selection and induction
 Performance planning and review; employee development and retention
 Employment negotiations and consultation
 What kind of processes will improve long-run planning for the business and its employment strategies?
Dr Peter Boxall, Associate Professor, Department Management & Employment Relations, University of Auckland

11.50 Good Faith
 Good faith Requirements under the ERB
 Good Faith Codes: what might we expect to see?
 Application and relevance of overseas case law
 Practical steps to fulfil good faith obligations
Peter Tritt, Manager Employment Relations, EMA Northern



12.30 Lunch

1.20 Collective Bargaining
 Good Faith
 Collective Agreements
 Strikes and Lockouts
 Multi employer bargaining
Jim Meyland, Employment Relations Consultant, EMA Northern

2.00 The Role of Unions
 Registration
 Access to Workplaces
 Union Meetings
 Union Membership
 Employment Related Education Leave
Darien Fenton, Vice President, NZCTU
Legal Issues – An Employers Perspective
Graeme Perfect, Asst. Manager, Employment Relations, EMA Northern

3.0 Afternoon Tea

3.20 Ministerial Address: The Long Term Aims of the New Legislation and what it will mean for employment relations in New Zealand
Honorable Margaret Wilson, Minister of Labour

3.40 Panel Discussion

4.00 Cocktails and Entertainment

Day Two
The New Employment Institutions

9.0 The New Framework
The departments role in the New Legislation
Mediation Services
John Chetwin, Secretary of Labour, Department of Labour
John Meeuwsen, Manager Mediation Services

9.45 Employment Relations Authority
Alastair Dumbleton, Employment Tribunal


10.20 Morning Tea

10.40 The Employment Court under the Employment Relations Act
 Areas of no change
 Areas of jurisdiction added
 Areas of jurisdiction removed
 Areas of jurisdiction modified
 A bird's eye view of impact of employers
Chief Judge Goddard, Employment Court

11.20 The Impact of the Employment Relations Act on the Local Government Sector
 Impact of the ERA on the culture of the Local Government Sector
 Dealing with employee expectations
 Possible cost and inflationary consequences
 Dealing with public sector Unions and good faith bargaining
Peter Elder, HR manager, Auckland City Council

12.0 Good Faith and Collective Bargaining – A Unions Perspective
Andrew Little, Asst National Secretary, National Secretary-elect, NZ Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union

1.00 Lunch

1.50 Individual Agreements
 Existing Contracts
 Areas of Change
 Compliance Requirements
Peter Tritt, Manager Employment Relations, EMA Northern

2.20 Resolution of Employment Problems
 Problem Resolution
 Personal Grievances
William Ross, Employment Relations Consultant, EMA Northern

3.0 Afternoon Tea

3.20 Human Rights and the Employment Relations Act
 Discrimination
 Sexual Harassment
 Racial Harassment
 Duress
Monique Pinsonneault, Solicitor, EMA Northern

4.00 Who is an Employee?
 Dependent Contractors
 Contracts for Services
 Contracts of Services
 Homeworkers
Robyn McKinney, Employment Relations Consultant, EMA Northern

4.30 Panel Discussion

5.00 Close of Day

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