Topic: Enforceable Undertakings
Presenters: John Makris, Partner & Erica Elliott, Special Counsel, Kingston Reid
John Makris, Partner and Erica Elliott, Special Counsel from Kingston Reid will speak to you about Enforceable Undertakings (EUs), which are an alternate to prosecutions. EU’s have become more prominent, but the requirements to get an approval from SafeWork NSW have gotten more difficult as EUs are intended to be a tool to achieve improvements in the workplace, industry and community.
John and Erica will discuss the EU process, how it commences, what it entails, and the types of strategies we typically see in EUs.
About your presenters
With over 20 years’ experience working in regulatory workplace health and safety, environmental and heavy vehicle compliance, dealing with regulators, and providing advice and representation on numerous issues, John is regarded as a notable senior leader in the industry.
His appetite for getting to know and understand his clients, and his focus on providing exceptional service and support to them is admired by John’s peers and colleagues and valued by his clients.
His real passion is helping clients get their businesses back on track with minimum downtime and disruption, following workplace incidents and investigations. John expertly guides clients through the uncertainty and complexity of dealing with workplace incidents, including police and regulator investigations, prosecutions and coronial proceedings. His insightful, clear and practical advice is built around helping teams and people understand what has occurred and what needs to happen next, and focused on minimising any adverse impacts on the business and its people.
John also takes pride in staying ahead of the game; he invests a significant amount of time educating and training his clients on a range of safety, environmental and heavy vehicle compliance subjects so they too can be ahead of the game, and can be proactive in meeting their regulatory and compliance obligations.
Erica has more than 15 years’ experience as a litigator and a keen focus on preventing and responding to workplace incidents. She has trained, advised and acted for employers, not-for-profit organisations and Government agencies in a proactive incident prevention context and all facets of incident response from initial on-the-ground support through to regulatory investigations, prosecutions and inquests and associated civil claims.
Erica as worked in private law firms, as an Associate to the former New South Wales Chief Judge in Equity and in-house in Government agencies, including the Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator and SafeWork New South Wales.