Employment & Safety

Our team works closely with HR Managers, in-house lawyers and businesses generally, assisting them to achieve commercially appropriate outcomes.

We tailor our service delivery to suit our clients’ culture and objectives to ensure it is always relevant to their circumstances.

Our principal areas of expertise are:

  • Managing behaviour – employee performance, complaints and workplace conflict, disciplinary procedures, fitness for work and incapacity (including managing and conducting workplace investigations);
  • Compliance – with workplace instruments, employee entitlements and the applicable employment and/or safety regulatory framework;
  • Change implementation – including restructuring, redeployment and redundancy processes, and issues that arise during transfers of business or employment;
  • Dealing with regulators/external bodies – including WorkSafe, Fair Work Ombudsman and Anti-Discrimination and Privacy Commissioners;
  • Dispute resolution – advising and appearing in various tribunals and courts with employment, industrial and safety disputes; and
  • Employment agreements – preparing employment agreements and independent contractor agreements and advising on those documents.

Examples of successful outcomes include:

  • Employment Investigations – advising on complaints involving senior personnel and carried out investigations into misconduct;
  • Employee Entitlements – providing advice on employment entitlements and employer obligations including portable long service leave entitlements;
  • Employment Contract Entitlements – appearing in an employment contract dispute before the Federal Court and the Full Court of the Federal Court;
  • Anti-discrimination – defending complaints under the Anti-Discrimination legislation including hearings before the tribunal;
  • Work Health Safety Prosecutions – defending Work Health Safety prosecutions brought under the harmonised legislation for serious injuries and alleged breaches of duty;
  • Restraints of Trade – advising on the enforceability of restraints of trade under employment contracts;
  • Rights of Entry – advising on rights of entry of union and work health safety officials and appropriate responses;
  • Work Health Safety Investigations – assisting with investigation procedures and reporting to senior management and board on outcomes and risk;
  • Unfair dismissal – defending unfair dismissal claims through mediation and dispute procedures;
  • Work Health Safety Training – providing due diligence training in work health safety for employees, senior management and board; and
  • Adverse action – mediating adverse action claims without the matters proceeding to hearing.

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