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Employment Law and the Arts: Know your obligations, know your rights

If you are an organisation or project company that engages contractors or employs staff it is important that you are aware of your obligations.

If you work as an employee or contractor for an individual or an organisation it is important that you are aware of your rights.

Increasingly we are working in the gig economy with fewer full time jobs and more contract work. This is particularly true for the arts and culture sector, with arts workers regularly working with a number of organisations and across a range of projects. It is vital that arts and culture organisations and project companies as employers understand their obligations around employment and for employees and contractors to understand their rights.

In this information event Rachel Dawson, Senior Associate in the Employment, Pensions and Incentives group at Herbert Smith Freehills, will provide an overview of the obligations of an employer and the consequences of getting it wrong, as well as explaining employee rights and the legal requirements related to working conditions and other minimum conditions of employment, including superannuation.

Key topics

  • The difference between an employee and contractor and the consequences of getting it wrong.
  • The employment relationship – Permanent vs casual.
  • The federal employment system compared to the Western Australian state system.
  • Employee rights – The Fair Work Act, Discrimination legislation, Privacy legislation, Policies and procedures.
  • How are these rights enforced?
  • Superannuation for employees and contractors.

Following Rachel’s presentation, Patrick Horneman, Media Super’s Business Development Manager WA/NT will take us through how organisations can more easily manage their superannuation obligations.  

Key topics

  • Choosing a default super fund
  • Super and your industry
  • SuperStream
  • Investing with Media Super
  • Media Super industry involvement
  • Super health check for business


Event starts
Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Event Ends
Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills Offices
Venue Address
Level 36, QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Tce, Perth

Perth, Perth

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