Dr Elsa Underhill

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Deakin Business School

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Research interests

  • Occupational health and safety and temporary agency workers
  • Labour market change
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations Policy and Strategies
  • Strategies for improving the safe placement of agency workers
  • Interrelationships between human resource management policies and practices and OHS outcomes

Affiliations

  • Association Of Industrial Relations Academics Of Australia & New Zealand (Former President)
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (Former Vice-President, Advocacy & Dispute Resolution)
  • International Industrial Relations Association
  • Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
  • Associate, Business Outsourcing and Restructuring Regulatory Research Network

Teaching interests

  • Human Resource Management
  • Workplace Counselling and Negotiation

Units taught

MMH250 Workplace Counselling and Negotiation

MPM722 Human Resource Management

MPR722 Human Resource Management Residential

Knowledge areas

Precarious employment and workplace health and safety

Temporary migrant workers

Worker representation in the construction industry

Regulating labour hire employment (temporary employment agencies)

Research groups

Worker representation in OHS in the Construction Industry, with Profs. Michael Quinlan (UNSW), David Walters (Cardiff) and Dr. Emma Wadsworth (Cardiff)

The Harvest Trail: A study of employment and OHS amongst international backpackers in the Australian harvesting sector, with Emer. Prof. Malcolm Rimmer (La Trobe).

Awards

  • 2009 Faculty Exemplar of Teaching Excellence Award, for Unfair Dismissal Workshop conducted in MPR722.
  • 2005 Vice Chancellor's award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (team award for residential teaching).
  • Recognised expert in OHS and labour hire employment, including expert opinions in court cases
  • Widely cited in Reports of State and National government enquiries involving OHS, and changing labour markets
  • Organised the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria/Australian Industrial Relations Commission Advocacy Training Programs (until 2008)
  • Organised the International Symposium on Regulating Precarious Employment in 2011, sponsored by Safe Work Australia
  • Recipient of two Deakin University Teaching Awards for residential program teaching

Projects

Worker Representation in OHS in the Australian Construction Industry, with Profs. Michael Quinlan (UNSW), David Walters (Cardiff) and Dr. Emma Wadsworth (Cardiff).  Research grant from the CFMEU

The Harvest Trail: Employment and OHS amongst international backpackers in the Australian harvesting sector, with Emer. Prof. Malcolm Rimmer (La Trobe).

Employment status and employee well-being, with Drs. Melissa Parris, Kerrie Saville & Justine Ferrer.

Licensing of temporary agency employers (labour hire employers): a review of international standards and their relevance to Australia.

Publications

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2015

Temporary migrant workers in Australian horticulture: boosting supply but at what price?

Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Malcolm Rimmer

(2015), pp. 143-168, How global migration changes the workforce diversity equation, Newcastle, Eng., B1

chapter

Itinerant foreign harvest workers in Australia: the impact of precarious employment on occupational safety and health

Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Malcolm Rimmer

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 25-46, Policy and practice in health and safety, Leicester, Eng., C1

journal
2013

The challenge to workplace health and safety and the changing nature of work and the workplace environment

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2013), pp. 191-208, Australian workplace relations, New York, NY, B1

chapter
2012

Managing work health and safety : recent developments and future directions

Ms Clare Gallagher, Dr Elsa Underhill

(2012), Vol. 50, pp. 227-244, Asia pacific journal of human resources, London, England, C1

journal
2011

Precarious work : recent research and policy challenges

Dr Elsa Underhill, Katherine Lippel, Prof Michael Quinlan

(2011), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, Policy and practice in health and society, Leicestershire, U. K., C1

journal

Beyond statutory enforcement - alternative approaches to improving OSH in the temporary agency sector

Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Michael Quinlan

(2011), Vol. 9, pp. 109-131, Policy and practice in health and society, Leicester, U. K., C1

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How precarious employment affects health and safety at work : the case of temporary agency workers

Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Michael Quinlan

(2011), Vol. 66, pp. 397-421, Relations industrielles, Quebec, Canada, C1

journal
2010

Should host employers have greater responsibility for temporary agency workers' employment rights?

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2010), Vol. 48, pp. 338-355, Asia pacific journal of human resources, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

journal
2009

State protection for temporary agency workers: Australian developments

Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Malcolm Rimmer

(2009), pp. 173-192, Modernization of labour law and industrial relations in a comparative perspective, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Industry differences in the neoliberal transformation of Australian industrial relations

Mark Bray, Dr Elsa Underhill

(2009), Vol. 40, pp. 372-392, Industrial relations journal, London, England, C1

journal
2007

Temporary agency workers and the contribution of workplace unfamiliarity to workplace injuries

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2007), pp. 1-11, AIRAANZ 2007 : diverging employment relations patterns in Australia and New Zealand, conference proceedings, Auckland, N.Z., E1

conference
2006

We only supply fully fit workers to suit our clients' need - Injured labour hire workers and their return to work experience

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2006), pp. 533-542, AIRAANZ 2006 : 21st century work : high road or low road : proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, S.Aust., E1

conference

The role of employment agencies in structuring and regulating labour markets

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2006), pp. 282-304, Labour law and labour market regulation: essays on the construction, constitution and regulation of labour markets and work relationships, Annandale, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Labour hire employment and independent contracting in Australia: two inquiries, how much change?

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2006), Vol. 19, pp. 1-9, Australian journal of labour law, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2005

The importance of having a say: labour hire employees workplace voice

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2005), pp. -, AIRAANZ 05 : Reworking work : proceedings of the 19th conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydeney, N.S.W., E1

conference

Winners or losers? Work/life balance and temporary agency workers

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2005), Vol. 16, pp. 29-60, Labour & industry, Nathan, Qld., C1

journal
2004

Changing work and OHS: the challenge of labour hire employment

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2004), pp. 544-551, AIRAANZ 2004 : New economies : new industrial relations : proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference, Noosa, Qld., E1

conference
2003

The Australian construction industry: union control in a disorganised industry

Dr Elsa Underhill

(2003), pp. 114-137, Building chaos an international comparison of deregulation in the construction industry, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Workplace "bargaining" and the wages/working time nexus: counting the cost of decentralisation

Dr Elsa Underhill, Santina Bertone, James Doughney

(2003), pp. 141-157, Developments in enterprise bargaining in Australia, Croydon, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Portable sick leave in the Victorian building industry : managing cumulative employee benefits in the absence of employment security

Dr Elsa Underhill, David Worland

(2003), Vol. 41, pp. 260-278, Asia Pacific journal of human resources, London, England, C1-1

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Occupational safety and health management systems in Australia: barriers to success

Ms Clare Gallagher, Dr Elsa Underhill, Prof Malcolm Rimmer

(2003), Vol. 1, pp. 67-81, Policy and practice in health and safety, Wigston, England, C1

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