IR Update 2023 – Free for ACA members

31 January 2023

Join the ACA and Fair Work Lawyers on 15 February for a very timely Industrial Relations webinar with legal advisor Tom Earls, who will take us through the latest workplace legislation and what it means for you and your practice. Free for ACA members!


The ACA continues to represent architectural employers on industrial relations matters, to keep members informed about changes that impact them, and to support architects to be fair and ethical employers. There has been much change in IR matters leading into this year. Ensure you know how they affect you and your practice by participating in this one-hour CPD webinar. Tom Earls, Partner at Fair Work Lawyers, will provide a critical update on key issues and obligations for architectural employers. The webinar will include updates on the recent Secure Jobs Better Pay legislation and will cover the following topics:

  • New pay secrecy and job ad laws
  • New restrictions on fixed term contracts
  • Required policies and procedures
  • Paid family and domestic violence leave from February 23
  • Changes to flexible working from June 23
  • The right to request extension of unpaid parental leave from June 23
  • Future legislative changes

Our Speaker

Tom Earls honed his craft across private practice, government and industry associations before founding Fair Work Lawyers in 2014 as a firm to represent businesses – especially SMEs – and their interests. Tom has been involved in industrial relations for more than two decades and has been at the forefront of the various iterations of workplace law since. During this time, he has been at the cutting-edge of workplace relations matters, spanning industrial action, enterprise agreements, unfair and unlawful dismissals, making, varying and interpreting awards, right of entry, transfer of business, or any of the myriad of other matters that comprise the field of workplace relations, often in an intense industrial environment.

Tom is known for his direct, plain English and no-nonsense approach with a focus on practical and cost-effective solutions. This, combined with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and attention for detail, has seen him successfully represent clients across a wide range of matters. These matters include countless enterprise agreements and dismissal-related matters, a wide range of matters from workers compensation disputes to safety prosecutions to discrimination to common law damages claims, as well as Full Bench and Full Court appeals, State and Federal and including setting key precedents across those fields.

In addition to employment and industrial matters, Tom has developed extensive experience across a range of construction and commercial matters that complement the firm’s business focus. This includes advising and negotiating on contracts and related documents, as well as successfully representing clients in commercial and building disputes in the Magistrate, District, Supreme and Federal Courts. He has particular expertise in security of payment matters, and an enviable record representing both claimants and respondents.


Wednesday, 15 February 2023, 1–2pm AEDT
(WA 10am; NT 11.30am; Qld 12pm; SA 12.30pm; ACT, NSW, Vic & Tas 1–2pm)

Cost & Booking

FREE for Members
Non-members $40
*One ticket per attendee. **Join the live session or opt for a recording-only ticket.

See booking information below.


Completion of this 1 hour webinar and submission of the self-checked assessment task will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning Outcomes – upon completion, attendees will better understand the obligations of their practice in light of legislation that has been introduced and of future legislative changes being addressed during 2023.

NSCA 2021 Units of Competency and Performance Criteria – Practice Management & Professional Conduct – PC 1.
APBSA Core Area – Practice Management

The webinar will include time for a Q&A with the speaker. Certificates will be provided following participation in the full webinar and online submission of answers to CPD questions.