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Mediation in the workplace

24 August 2017

Time: 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Venue: Victoria University
Lecture Theatre RO1.02
Queen Street Campus
295 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
(entry via Little Lonsdale Street)

$25.00 Members

$35.00 Guests

$10.00 Student Members

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Franchisor and franchisee, employer and employee

Thursday 24 August, Melbourne

Join the Mediation & Facilitative Special Interest Group for a discussion on how mediation is used to address issues arising out of workplace disputes. Derek Minus, the Franchising Mediation Adviser, and Zeljko Kovacevic, an expert in employment dispute resolution, will deliver presentations that address the following topics:

  • How their respective processes operate to assist the early resolution of disputes
  • Key differences and issues in mediating in their respective areas that should be considered by mediators
  • Effective strategies employed in mediations in their specific fields
  • Why mediation should be considered for resolving disputes; and
  • How mediation can be promoted within the respective communities in which mediators practice

The speakers will also participate in a question and answer session with attendees after the formal presentations.

About the speakers

Derek Minus is a barrister-at-law with a specialist practice in dispute resolution. He holds accreditation as a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, Expert Determiner and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). Derek has been active as a mediator since 1992, a court appointed arbitrator since 2000 and is the lecturer for the Commercial Dispute Resolution course at the University of Sydney Law School. On 1 December 2016, he was appointed as the Adviser to the Commonwealth Government responsible for arranging the dispute resolution processes under the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct and the Oil Code of Conduct, which are prescribed codes under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Zeljko Kovacevic is the Acting Director in the Dispute Resolution and Compliance branch of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). In addition to being a postgraduate in Workplace and Employment Law, Zeljko is a nationally accredited mediator and a practitioner member of the Resolution Institute. He has worked in the area of employment relations and dispute resolution since 2002 and has a passionate interest in mediation. Zeljko has successfully mediated many workplace relations disputes including face-to-face mediations and tele-conference mediations. As a Senior Mediator within the FWO, Zeljko has also trained and mentored dispute resolution practitioners to gain the required skills to obtain a national mediation accreditation. He manages geographically dispersed teams that specialise in early dispute prevention, mediation, compliance and small claims litigation.