IR Update 2024 – What Employers Need to Know!

5 February 2024 - Updated: 26 February 2024

The field of employee and workplace relations has been moving at lightning speed with many changes coming in. At the start of 2024, the ACA was delighted to present our popular annual Industrial Relations webinar by Tom Earls, partner at Fair Work Lawyers, who walked us through recent legislative changes and what these mean for you and your practice. View this webinar to stay informed and prepared. Originally held 22 February 2024.


Tom Earls provides a critical update on key issues and obligations for architectural employers. This webinar focuses on the “Closing the Loopholes” legislation, specifically:

  • The legislation’s current status, including parts already passed concerning labour hire regulation and wage theft.
  • Proposed changes to the definition of ‘employment’ (including casuals and independent contractors).
  • The ‘right to disconnect’
  • Massive increases to civil penalties
  • Recent developments in case law
  • Insights into how these reforms affect businesses.

Tom also highlights the firm’s analysis and the potential challenges for businesses navigating these changes.


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.


Members/Non-members $30/60

*One ticket per attendee.


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 at the end of 2023 and of further legislative changes being addressed during 2024.

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.