Workplace Relations and Safety

Our team works closely with you to understand your business and to help you achieve your business objectives.

Our approach is prompt, coordinated, strategic and practical. Our dedicated team has extensive litigation experience and provides advice and representation on all aspects of employment law, workplace relations, industrial relations, and work health and safety.

Key services

  • Drafting and reviewing employment contracts and workplace policies
  • Unfair dismissal, general protections and unlawful termination claims
  • Advice, negotiation assistance and representation in enterprise bargaining
  • Industrial disputes and managing stakeholder relationships
  • Labour hire and independent contractor arrangements
  • Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment policy drafting, training and representation
  • Conducting workplace investigations
  • Award making, review, interpretation and coverage
  • Protection of confidential information and enforcing post-employment restraints
  • Assistance with disciplinary processes and performance management
  • Strategic advice in relation to restructuring, redundancy, outsourcing, acquiring or selling a business, transferring employees and responding to requests to tender
  • Managing ill and injured employees
  • Defence of underpayment claims
  • Parental Leave and requests for flexible working arrangements
  • Work health and safety advice, training and prosecution defence
  • In-house training

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PERSPECTIVES

  • Workplace Relations & Safety,
  • May 2, 2018
  • Author: Sharlene Wellard
  • INSIGHT: Unfair Dismissal claims under fixed term contracts

    In order to be eligible to bring an Unfair Dismissal claim against an employer, an employee must, among other things, have been dismissed at the employer’s initiative. Historically, employees engaged on a term contract were generally not eligible to make an Unfair Dismissal claim as the contract ended due to the effluxion of time rather […]

  • Workplace Relations & Safety,
  • Nov 14, 2017
  • Author: Sharlene Wellard
  • INSIGHT: Increased Powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman – Is your Business Vulnerable?

    New legislation has recently been introduced which was sparked by the discovery of a number of large organisations found to have engaged in systematic underpayments and exploitation of workers. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 provides the Fair Work Ombudsman with greater investigative and enforcement powers, introduces penalties for providing false or […]

  • Workplace Relations & Safety,
  • Sep 28, 2017
  • Author: Sharlene Wellard Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Significant $1.3m payout warns employers to take employee bullying complaints seriously

    The Supreme Court of Victoria[1] has sent a solemn message to employers to sit up and listen to employees who make complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace, by awarding damages in excess of $1.3 million to a plaintiff suffering psychiatric and physical injuries because her employer failed to provide a safe working environment. […]

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