Beyond Employment: Sexual Harassment in Everyday Life
Presented by: Fiona Duane – Solicitor, Sexual Harassment Legal Service, Kingsford Legal Centre Arden Hechenberger and Alice Loveday – Students, Kingsford Legal Centre
We often discuss sexual harassment in the context of employment and within the workplace. This Ask Lois seminar will consider the other situations in which sexual harassment can occur, including schools, universities and in the provisions of goods and services.
Broadcast: 2 November 2022
Subpoenas and Record Keeping
Presented by: Kellie McDonald – Senior Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
Are you worried about what to do if you receive a subpoena? Learn about how to prepare for, and respond to, subpoenas.
Broadcast: 12 October 2022
A conversation about coercive control.
Presented by: Rosetta Lee – Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at what coercive control is and the ways in which it is relevant to legal issues, particularly in relation to ADVOs and fears of the victim. There is some focus on how and what to ask clients about coercive control, as well as how to document it including some file-noting tips for community workers. This webinar also discusses how coercive control is about context and culture.
Broadcast: 7 September 2022
What happens when solicitors and social workers team up?
Presented by: Gab Craig – Assistant Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
There are many benefits to solicitors and social workers working together, particularly when both are operating in-house to support the same client.
This webinar explores the legal, professional and ethical duties of each role and how they interact.
Broadcast: 3 August 2022
My Family and My Work – discrimination law and protections in the Fair Work Act.
Presented by: Ruby Catsanos – Solicitor, Working Women’s Legal Service NSW
Women often face difficulties at work as a result of pregnancy, breast-feeding, parental or carer responsibilities. This webinar looks at gender-based and family-focussed discriminations in the workplace and what protections are in place in the Fair Work Act. It also looks at the overlaps between the Fair Work Act and discrimination legislation.
Broadcast: 6 July 2022
The new affirmative consent laws – what do they really mean?
Presented by: Liz Snell – Law Reform and Policy Coordinator and Anna Blacket – Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Consent Reforms) Bill 2021 has been passed by the NSW Parliament and will take effect on proclamation (as of 1st June 2022). This webinar will explain what the introduction of ‘affirmative consent’ really means. We will look at the history behind the amendments, how they may affect sexual assault reporting, as well as influence cultural change in responding to sexual assault.
Broadcast: 6 June 2022
Domestic Violence and Housing
Presented by: Kellie McDonald – Senior Solicitor and Lody Stewart – Financial Counsellor, Women’s Legal Service NSW
In this webinar, our WLS solicitor and financial counsellor will be talking about the legal and financial options for women experiencing DV who want to either stay or leave the home they own or rent.
Broadcast: 4 May 2022
The Factors in Parenting Disputes about Covid-19 Vaccination of Children
Presented by: Amy Power and Madeleine Causbrook – Solicitors, Women’s Legal Service NSW
Since January this year, children aged five to 11 years of age have been eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. For some parents, this presents unique issues for their parenting arrangement. At this AskLois seminar we will be discussing the issue of COVID-19 vaccination of children in parenting arrangements, and key factors for parents to consider in disputes about whether or not to vaccinate their child.
Broadcast: 6 April 2022
International Parental Child Abduction
Presented by: Belinda Li, Acting Managing Lawyer, ISS Australia Kay Hardefeldt, Manager, ISS Australia – International Parental Child Abduction Social Work Service
Issues International parental abduction (IPCA) occurs when either parent decides to remove their child from Australia without the other parent’s consent, or refuses to return their child to Australia after an agreed period overseas (such as a holiday).
This webinar looks at how to recognise IPCA; remedies under the 1980 Hague Convention; and legal and social work support offered to families experiencing IPCA.
Broadcast: 2 March 2022
Understanding Your Rights at Work
Presented by: Lucy Carroll, Head of Employment Law Service, Marrickville Legal Centre
Issues in the workplace can often be overlooked as part of ‘working together’, however this is often not the case. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) provides a number of protections for workers, which ensure that employees are not taken advantage of in the workplace.
This webinar discusses: how to recognise issues in the workplace; what an underpayment can look like; what bullying and harassment in the workplace can look like; what rights an employee has in the workplace; how to enforce those rights; and the intersection between employment law and other areas of law such as immigration and tenancy.
Broadcast: 2 February 2022
The Federal Circuit and Family Courts merger – what has changed?
Presented by Gabrielle Craig, Assistant Principal Solicitor, WLS NSW
The merging of the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court commenced on 1 September 2021.
So what do these changes really mean in practice? What has changed when preparing for trial? This webinar will provide an overview of the changes and their impacts when supporting clients with their family law proceedings.
Broadcast: 1 December 2021
Socio-Legal Collaboration when assisting women experiencing DFV & SA with their legal issues
Presented by Evelyn Chan, Social Worker and Julie Howes, Solicitor, WLS NSW
This webinar explores how community workers can support women with common legal issues that arise in the context of domestic & family violence and sexual assault; identify when clients should get legal advice; and assist clients to prepare for legal advice.
We discuss how community workers can best support their clients to work with a solicitor and the value of collaboration between community workers and solicitors.