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PIAA ups industrial advocacy with Puri

Friday, 11 January 2019
By Wayne Robinson

Industrial advocate: Sam Puri joins PIAA in service expansion for members

PIAA is expanding the services available to members, with the appointment of expert industrial advocate Sam Puri to its staff.

Puri will be overseeing the operation of PIAA Workplace Relations bureau, the online HR services portfolio, Fair Work advocacy, and VET advocacy.

He comes with a strong industrial relations background, and has led industrial relations services at both an employer focused advisory firm, and in HR generalist roles in commercial environments, where he has delivered telephone and client facing advisory services.

Puri is familiar with the industrial and creative HR generalist (including greenfields related) operations within small/medium/large, complex, multi-site environments. He has also led initiatives in programmes for Performance Management (Forced Rankings) and Change Management (Performance Improvement), both in Australia and internationally. He has been deployed in the US on a Management Development Programme, seeing current best practices in productivity management in that market.

“PIAA is delighted to be able to provide members with the exemplary calibre of expertise that Sam Puri offers”, said Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA. “Members are encouraged to take advantage of the services available to them inclusive of their membership”.

“Regional members of PIAA will benefit from this deepening of Workplace Relations skills as we continue to enhance the services available to members, and I look forward to working with Sam in the coming months,” said Anthony Pittaway, a director of the PIAA, and managing director of Perth based Discus on Demand.

Members of PIAA are protected by industrial support, ranging from employment advice, through award services, mediation and representation in the Fair Work Commission. These services are included within membership.

“I have found the PIAA industrial services invaluable to the operations of my print and packaging business”, attests Walter Kuhn, President of PIAA. “These services give me peace of mind when I am hiring, and confidence in those times when certainty is needed in the occasional unfortunate moments when exit services are required.”

Puri holds postgraduate legal qualifications in industrial relations, postgraduate business qualifications in HR, and strong undergraduate business qualifications. Macaulay says, “He will be a great asset to the print industry and members of PIAA.”

Puri has led industrial relations services in multiple fields inlcuding Case Management; Common Law Contracts; Employment Conditions (NES); Employment Law & Tribunal Cases (FWC/FC/FCC); Employment Legislation; Industrial Frameworks; Industrial Instruments (Enterprise Agreements/Agreement-based transitional instruments/Modern Awards/Award-based transitional instruments) Industrial Relations Legislation and Policies (Interpretation, Development & Implementation).


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