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How to help your congregation when they come to you with family law issues?

  • The role of church staff when a congregation member(s) are facing family law issues
  • Practical tips for dealing with families experiencing family breakdown
  • First steps in responding to a family law and domestic violence crisis in the church
  • Basic family law.

Presented by: Eustacia Yates, Special Counsel

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The webinar discussed:
  • When the External Conduct Standards (ECSs) apply and when they don’t – what overseas operation is caught?
  • The ESCs apply to all charities even Basic Religious Charities
  • What does ‘reasonable steps’ mean?
  • Practical ‘how to comply’ tips for each ECS including what internal policies, processes and MOUs with third parties need to be considered.
  • How to respond to the ACNC ECS guidance that the ECSs must be complied with by the Australian charity right through the supply chain of multiple third parties?
  • What reporting to the ACNC is required?
  • What happens in the event of non compliance? How regulatory action by the ACNC against your charity can lead to ultimate loss of registered charity status (and commonwealth tax exemption) and suspension of governors.
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General: The #MeToo Movement Brought into Focus Sexual Harassment That Can Occur Anywhere Including Churches, Ministries and Christian Workplaces

This webinar discussed:

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Preventative measures
  • Complaints handling process

Presenter: Fran Keyes, Special Counsel

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This webinar looks at how churches can support Chaplains as they transition from Church to School.

It looks at questions like:

  • How churches can help Chaplains prepare for recruitment
  • Difference between chaplains v youth leaders
  • Social media appropriateness
  • Walking the straight line: work within boundaries
  • What to do when breach in a code of conduct is not a breach of employment law

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Has the following been sufficiently addressed in the enrolment contract:

  • What happens in the event of a family separation?
  • Does the contract consider the family law and domestic violence legislation?
  • Have relevant privacy laws been addressed?
  • How do school policies form part of the contract?
  • Does the contract adequately set out the rights and obligations of the school, of the student and of the parent throughout the course of the enrolment relationship?

The content will be relevant for schools Australia-wide.

Presented by Fiona Manderson, Special Counsel.

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Chaplains are becoming an important feature in Schools.

Chaplains assist in holistic care and provide a supportive environment to children in situations of family turmoil. However, we are regularly asked about the employment status of Chaplains.

Are Chaplains treated as an independent contractor, employee or can they be a spiritual appointment?

This webinar discusses the role of Chaplains; what is the best employment appointment for a Chaplain; the advantages and disadvantages of being an employee, contractor or spiritual appointment; and how such appointment will have a bearing on a Chaplain’s performance.

Presented by Michaela Wauchope, Lawyer

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Disputing parents can unwittingly drag Schools into their conflict. Sometimes, parents take their disputes online mentioning the School as a place of common ground for children.

This webinar will look at the legal implications that communications in times of conflict and crisis can have on Schools. In conflict, reference to Schools is made either directly or indirectly by disputing parents, which warrants a response.

We discuss: the laws on defamation responding to statements without breaching privacy policy; and how to negate a conflict situation with a robust social media policy.

This webinar is suitable for Principals, School Boards, Business Managers.

Presented by Matt Shearing, Senior Lawyer.

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Australia’s new notifiable data breach scheme (‘the Scheme’) introduced significant amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) on 22 February 2018.  Part of the Scheme introduced mandatory data breach notifications, that is, a requirement by Schools to notify individuals and the Australian Information Commissioner in relation to certain data breaches. 

We have added an additional webinar to our School Law Series 2018 to explain how the Scheme changes will affect Schools and Colleges in the management, collecting and handling of personal information for students, parents and staff across a School environment.

This webinar will discuss:

  • Risks under the Scheme
  • What is a notifiable data breach?
  • What is the likely harm in the event of a notifiable data breach?
  • What are a School’s responsibilities relating to the Scheme?
  • How to manage risks with third party providers to a School
  • What are the penalties for failure to comply?
  • How to put a data breach plan in place

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Parents are understandably protective of their children. However, it can be the case that when a parent perceives that their children’s rights have been impinged upon, their interactions with the School can escalate. This webinar looks at:

  • how to deal with high-conflict parents
  • how do you protect your staff from ongoing verbal and/or physical abuse?
  • how do you deal with conflict that attacks the professionalism of staff as individuals and the ramifications beyond the School gate?

This webinar is suitable for Principals, School executives, School Boards, School front line staff. Presented by Fiona Manderson, Special Counsel and Matthew Shearing, Lawyer

There is often a fine line between enforcing compliance with policies and the need to accommodate a student’s cultural and/or religious beliefs in a School environment.

Failing to understand when indirect discrimination may arise can be a source of real difficulty for Schools across Australia, and can be particularly pronounced in Schools with a religious background or mission perspective.

In this webinar, we discuss discrimination direct and indirect, how to draft uniform policies considering discrimination laws; whether Schools can rely on exemptions; tension that may exist between uniform policies and having School open enrolments.

This webinar is suitable for Principals, Business Managers, Registrars, Bursars.

Presented by James Tan, Senior Associate and Michaela Wauchope​, Lawyer

The effects of a parent’s separation frequently spill over into the school community. Blended families can result in complex arrangements in relation to school fees. Emotions can rise when schools and parents clash over “who pays what”, “who has to consent to what”, “who gets what information/reports” and “he/she said that”.

In this webinar, we cover help schools understand who really has to pay for the enrolment fees, who needs to consent to what, who is entitled to what information, and strategies and solutions that schools can implement into both their enrolment contracts, and their interactions with parents, to maximimise profit and minimise stress.

Who will benefit from this Webinar:

  • Principals
  • Business Managers/Bursars;
  • Enrolment Officers;
  • Accounts Payable;
  • Other School Executive Leaders;
  • College Board/Council

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