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‘Blowing the Whistle – Australia’s New Whistleblower Protection’

  • 22 Oct 2019
  • 5:30 PM
  • K & L Gates - Level 31, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney 2000


  • Fully financial members
  • Non Financial Members

Registration is closed

Twilight Seminar

Keynote Speaker -Justin Le Blond (Partner – Kennedys)

New laws enhancing whistleblower protections came into effect on 1 July 2019. The laws are long-awaited and some say, in light of the Banking Royal Commission findings, overdue. The legislation focuses on protecting whistleblowers from reprisals by their employers and former employers where disclosures are made about financial malfeasance, criminal conduct or matters that are a danger to the public.

The new framework targets financial services firms and will also impact all public and many private companies, requiring these businesses to have compliant internal whistleblower processes for managing complaints. This regime will also create a new post-employment avenue for litigation.  

This twilight seminar will discuss the reasons for the new laws, what the new laws mean, and its implications for business, employers and individuals in the private sector.

Justin is a partner in Kennedys’ Sydney office. He is an employment and work health and safety expert representing large corporates, insurers, government and C-level individuals. He is known for his litigation expertise and pragmatic advice.

Justin advises on effective employee management, the protection of confidential information and intellectual property, executive/shareholder dispute mitigation, misconduct in the workplace and work health and safety. His unique experience in both insolvency and criminal law is invaluable to external appointments, work health & safety prosecutions, investigativematters and regulatory audits.

Justin’s expertise includes:

  • strategic and proactive management of all aspects of employment relations including employment contracts, termination of employment, discrimination, harassment/bullying, workplace policies and procedures, enterprise bargaining, mergers and acquisitions
  • executive employment, industrial disputes and resolution
  • specialisation in post-employment restraints, intellectual property and confidential information matters
  • extensive experience in adverse action, unfair dismissals and complex litigation;
  • investigations into allegations of serious misconduct, misappropriation, whistleblower and corrupt conduct
  • advocate before the State and Federal Courts, Fair Work Commission, NSW & Australian Crime Commissions and ASIO hearings
  • training on employment relations and work health & safety compliance.
Drinks and Light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm prior to commencement at 6pm.

Please note

This is a complimentary event for financial members of irsnsw. Non members who choose to pay by EFT rather than online must email a copy of the payment receipt to membership@irsnsw.org.au so that the booking can be confirmed.

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