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Education Law Auckland: New Changes, New Legal Risks

Added by Legalwise Seminars on 2017-07-03

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2017-09-22
Last Date Last Day: 2017-09-22
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2017-09-21

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Sarah Chadwick
Email Email:
Address Address: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Tel: 02 9387 8133
Phone Fax: 02 9387 8711

Conference Description:

Attend the full day and earn 7 CPD hours

The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 represents the biggest shakeup to the NZ education system in decades. Its sweeping changes bring many new risks for schools that are not prepared. Ensure you and your school are on top of the legal risks and issues surrounding the changes all while gaining practical insights into managing day to day issues at your school ranging from staff safety and injuries, social media and IP concerns, and discrimination and family law issues. Places are limited so book this can't miss conference early.

Session 1: Managing Your Staff and Employment Legal Issues

Chair: Jonathon Tredray, Principal, Northcross Intermediate School; Vice President, New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools

Dealing with Non-Work Related Staff Injuries, Illnesses and Absences

Differences in managing work and non-work related injuries
Reviewing rights and obligations (fitness for duty, personal leave, carer's leave, notice requirements, evidence requirements, temporary absence)
Medical certificates: Can you challenge them?
Fitness for duty medical assessments
Managing extended absences from the workplace
Can you do anything if you think an employee is lying about their ability to work?
Presented by John Hannan, Partner, DLA Piper New Zealand

Protecting Your Staff from Behavioural Risks: What are Your Health and Safety Obligations?

When can a person or their behavior be a hazard?
What are your legal obligations with regard to bullying, harassing and threatening behaviour by students or parents?
What about staff-on-staff conflict?
What are an employer's obligations with regard to psychological harm?
Presented by Alison Maelzer, Special Counsel, Hesketh Henry

Social Media: Staff Misconduct, Engagement and Policies

Staff misconduct on social media: What can you do?
A staff member posts stories about their drunken weekend party, including questionable photos: What should you do?
How far can you go in managing your staff's social media activity?
Inappropriate online interaction with students: from serious misconduct to the grey areas
Social media policies: practical tips and example policy provisions
Getting reluctant staff to appropriately engage in social media
Relevant case law and examples
Presented by Shan Wilson, Partner and Rachael Judge, Senior Solicitor, Simpson Grierson

Intellectual Property Considerations for your School

Important IP concerns in the employment context (ideas, projects and work): Who owns the IP?
Preventing ex-employees from leaving with your school's IP
What to include in employment contracts to protect IP
Trade marks for schools: owning a school's name and logo
Presented by Richard Watts, Partner and Earl Gray, Partner, Simspon Grierson

1 Student, 2 Parents, 1 Step-Parent, 3 Grandparents, 2 Carers and They're all Demanding Something Different from Your Staff: What Now?

Navigating difficult family issues involving blended families
To whom do you owe a duty?
How can you figure out who's legally entitled to make decisions for a student?
Where does family law fit in and what is the court's role?
Tips for handling tricky situations, challenging personalities and hostile environments
Presented by Kesia Denhardt, Associate, Wynyard Wood

Session 2: Education Act Amendments and Guidelines

Chair: Sherridan Cook, Partner, Buddle Findlay

LEGAL AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES: New Zealand's Education System Overhaul: Exploring the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017
Bring your questions to this panel of legal and education experts who will explore the changes, how they operate, their impact and what it all means for your school from both a legal and education perspective.

Catherine Stewart, Barrister, Chancery Chambers
Patrick Ikiua, Regional Lead Northern Hub, New Zealand Schools Trustee Association
David Martin, Director, Legal and Compliance, New Zealand Education Institute

UPDATE FROM THE EDUCATION COUNCIL: Significant Changes in Education: What You Need to Know

New Competence Authority under the Education Act
New Code of Professional Responsibility
Interesting new case law
Presented by Andrew Greig, Senior Manager Teachers Practice and Julia McCook-Weir, In-house Counsel, The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Religious Education and Religious Instruction

Religious education vs religious instruction: What's the difference?
Religious instruction: What do the Education Acts have to say?
Are there any guidelines?
Practical issues
Selecting a provider
Consulting with the school community
Opting in or opting out?
What about students who opt out?
Administrative issues, who is in and who is out?
Current challenges to religious instruction and future policy changes
Presented by Paul Robertson, Partner, Heaney & Partners
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