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Employment Law: Termination and Redundancy



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Develop your understanding of current issues in employment law, focusing on issues related to termination and redundancy of senior executives.

About this course

Employment Law issues are a central concern of management and HR teams. Termination and redundancy decisions can have significant effects on the organisation and workplace as a whole.

In this UTS short course, leading experts will explore adverse actions and proscribed decisions, unfair dismissals, best practice in redundancy and protecting workers from redundancy used as a cover for termination.

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to equip you with:

  • Insight into the tactical options available to legal advisors of termination and redundancy issues
  • Strategies to evoke proper procedure whilst preserving and protecting the rights of employees and employers
  • Knowledge of recent case law and outcomes for organisations
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)- for NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.


Full price: $495 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

  • UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

8.30am - Participants arriving for 8.45am start

8.45am - Welcome and introduction

Chair:       Professor Joellen Riley-Munton, UTS Faculty of Law 

8.50am - Adverse Action and Corporate Decision-making; What’s the “Reason” for Action Taken by Multiple Decision-makers or Contributors?

Speaker: David Chin SC, Barrister, 5 Wentworth Chambers

  • Adverse action provisions protect employees, including senior executives, from actions such as termination of employment that are taken for a proscribed reason (such as their exercise of workplace right or because of discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age etc.)
  • Recent case law on the adverse action provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 consider how to identify whether an adverse action has been taken for a proscribed reason when there are multiple decision-makers involved in the process leading to the action.

9.45am – Q & A

9.50am - Unfair Dismissals – a Year in Review

Speaker: Alexandra Grayson, Partner, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

  • What do unfair dismissal laws mean for employers and employees?
  • When do they apply?
  • What are the costs provisions?
  • What compensation/settlement terms might be awarded or negotiated?
  • What interesting developments have there been in case law over the past year? 

10.40am – Q & A

10.45am - Break

11.05am - Navigating Mental Health Concerns During Termination Processes

Speaker: Danny King, Principal, Danny King Legal

  • Identifying mental health risks in employees, and increased stressors in termination contexts
  • Specific steps to incorporate into performance and conduct management processes where mental health is a concern
  • Best practice measures for redundancy processes
  • A case for deploying respectful responses to claims arising from termination, where the applicant is demonstrating mental health vulnerability.

11.55am – Q & A

12.00pm - Using Redundancy as a Cover for Termination

Speaker: The Hon Peter Sams AM, Former Deputy President, Fair Work Commission

  • Sham redundancy v legitimate business needs – signs to look for
  • Offering redundancy to ameliorate adverse consequences of dismissal for cause or admitted serious and wilful misconduct
  • Voluntary or forced redundancy
  • Refusing reasonable alternative employment – principles to consider
  • Demonstrating extent of consultation before firm decision. 

12.50pm - Q & A

1.00pm - Close

Course learning objectives

This short course will equip participants with:

  • Insights into the origins and ramifications of termination and redundancy issues in light of recent cases and legislative developments
  • Awareness of cultural and managerial implications of employment law related decision-making
  • Understanding of contractual and legislative alternatives available to address strategies and claims.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount for 2-4 participants from the same organisation
  • 15% for 5+ participants from the same organisation
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

Multiple enrolments from the same organisation

To take up this offer, email with

  • Your organisation’s name,
  • The course name and date and
  • The number of people you’ll be enrolling (minimum of 2 participants).

UTS staff only: how to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount UTS alumni and staff

Please contact the team at with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement  
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  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a discount code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
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Who is this course for?

This course is particularly suitable for:

  • General practitioners
  • Employment law specialists
  • Senior managers and leadership teams
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate counsel
  • HR directors
  • Culture and development managers
  • Industrial organisers and democratic associations
  • NFP employers
  • C Suite leadership team.


I was just fascinated.  Thank you so much for providing an opportunity to hear about the history, intent and outcomes of legislation, and think about the impact that has on us all today.  A key highlight of my career to date

[I particularly liked] the overall breadth & depth of the content covered - the case law decisions, the time to ponder & mull over the implications during the sessions themselves, the variety of presenters & their experience in the field.  It was all exceptional

Jill J.

Excellent overall; an outstanding and very enjoyable seminar

Con K.
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