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Training Courses

Training Courses
Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) understands the importance of training those responsible for 'people management' in business.  Depending on the size of your business, it may be the Human Resources team or function, or a person not formally trained in this area but still responsible for employment contracts, performance reviews and dealing with complaints or poor performance.

Either way, any business must be up-to-date on workplace and employment legislation, train their teams to be aware of acceptable behaviour in the workplace, and be able to identify and stop any inappropriate behaviour or conduct.  

We conduct regular training courses tailored for businesses to upskill their senior executives, team leaders, managers and staff on areas that could result in legal action if the right behaviour, processes and procedures are not followed. These courses are designed for anyone managing employees who wish to upskill or refresh their knowledge on the latest legislative updates and best practice procedures. They are also designed for business owners and employees who need to understand the impact of their actions in the workplace.  

Each course has been written by legal experts who regularly represent employers in unfair dismissals, general protection claims or workplace investigations.  We know what gaps in performance management will open your business to risk. We see how important employment contracts are to protecting your business when you need to deal with a difficult employee.  Train your staff to protect your business today.    

Bullying, harassment and discrimination

The recent attention to workplace bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination magnifies the importance of training staff in what constitutes 'appropriate' behaviour.  Managers need to lead by example and be able to stop this behaviour from happening within their teams.  Training plays a key role.  Ignorance is no longer a  defence when a complaint is lodged.  Your business could face severe financial penalties and brand damage when an employee files a grievance against another employee.  This training will guide you through how to recognise harassment, bullying or discrimination in the workplace and what you can do to minimise this behaviour from happening.  Learn who is protected from bullying, harassment or discrimination and the role every employer has in protecting workers.  It will highlight the importance of having clear workplace policies in place and will walk you through case studies.  

A practical course that will give you the tools and confidence to manage employees in these situations.

Performance Management

Performance management is so much more than performance appraisal.  It is a tool for businesses to manage under-performing staff, to recognise the high performers and to identify skill gaps within the team.  It is also a  powerful tool to build a positive and high performing culture within a business if used correctly.  In this training you will uncover how to implement a productive process for managing performance which will add to a harmonious and productive workplace.  You will review cases of misconduct and poor performance, learn how and when to provide positive feedback and the options available when you need to actively performance manage someone out of the business.  

Workplace investigations training and how to get it right

Despite best intentions and training your team in managing poor behaviour, discrimination and bullying, you can't control what happens all the time.  When an incident does occur it is imperative that you act swiftly and in a manner, that when questioned in a court of law, would withstand scrutiny.  In this course you will gain a thorough understanding of the process to follow, how to gather evidence, interview techniques and much more.  With all the focus on #MeToo, your staff know what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.  As an employer you have a duty of care to ensure any complaint is handled correctly and sensitively, minimising the potential damage to all parties involved.  

Employment law fundamentals

Every business owner, hr professional or any manager involved in the recruitment process should attend this course.  Understanding the employment law fundamentals around recruitment, onboarding, performance management and probation periods could be the difference in defending an unfair dismissal claim.  This course will cover the basic employment law legislation, what policies and processes you need to have in place, and the options when things just didn't work out and you need to end employment.  Practical examples will provide hands-on experience so you can walk away and implement these basic employment law rules immediately.

Owner driver arrangements: Navigating rules and negotiating terms

Many businesses hire owner drivers to deliver their goods across the country.  The world of logistics and cartage is highly regulated and not understanding the various regulations across the country can result in mistakes that should be avoided.  This training is led by Nigel Ward, who has over 30 years of experience in this field.  Join us for this exclusive training event and walk away confident to operate in this highly complex world of owner driver arrangements.  

ABLA conducts training courses on a range of other topics including:

  • Work health and safety fundamentals
  • Managing ill and injured workers
  • Enterprise bargaining (advanced course)
  • Enterprise bargaining (an introduction)
If your business has a larger team of managers that would benefit from training, get in touch and let us know your key areas of focus.  ABLA can tailor an in-house course to suit your team and industry.  Call 1300 565 846 and speak to Fiona Kenny or Tori Smith or email

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