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Recognising a privacy law issue (before you tread in it) for HR professionals


To all in-house counsel and HR managers - if you thought regulation of handling personal information was not for you, think again!

The points of potential collision between responsible workplace management and privacy law are growing. Human resources managers and in-house counsel deal with personal information constantly. Private and public sector regulation of handling personal information has grown through legislation, court and tribunal decisions and regulator activity. Exemptions for "employee records" in private sector regulation only ever gave limited protection, and have been chipped away further in recent decisions. A diverse and indirect workforce means that rules apply differently across a single workplace. At the same time, the ease with which personal information can be gathered and the compliance expectation that it will be has increased.

Join Piper Alderman’s employment relations team for our next national seminar series on:

  • Privacy law fundamentals and workforce information - regulating (not prohibiting) collection, use and disclosure.
  • When and how do the private sector and public sector schemes (and sometimes both) apply.
  • Concepts - personal information, sensitive information and employee records.
  • Social media - accidental collection of unsolicited personal information.
  • What happens when workers want to use privacy laws and FOI to access sensitive HR material?
  • How do privacy exemptions align with ordinary workforce management imperatives (or, how can I still do my job if a privacy scheme applies).
  • Can I still require a medical report for ill or injured employees?
  • Can I still require answers in workplace harassment investigations?
  • What do the privacy law regulators do?
  • Robust privacy policy fundamentals for workforce management.

Tuesday, 6 August
7.30am - 9.00am
Level 16, 70 Franklin Street

Wednesday, 7 August
7.30am - 9.00am
Riparian Plaza
Level 26, 71 Eagle Street

Tuesday, 6 August
7.30am - 9.00am
Level 23, 459 Collins Street

Thursday, 8 August
7.30am - 9.00am
Level 23, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place