Employment

Meridian Lawyers’ Employment team will work closely with you to understand your business challenges, to manage the risks you face on a day-to-day basis and to help you achieve your business objectives. Our employment law team is focused on client service, delivering straightforward advice when you need it most.

Our employment team offers advice and expertise on all aspects of employment, workplace relations law and work health and safety.

We understand the importance of a prompt, coordinated, strategic and practical approach to dealing with issues and disputes that arise in the workplace, and work closely with our clients to solve employment issues at the earliest opportunity.

Our employment law services include:

  • Advice, negotiation assistance and representation in enterprise bargaining
  • Industrial disputes and managing stakeholder relationships
  • Labour hire and independent contractor arrangements
  • Unfair dismissal, general protections and unlawful termination claims;
  • Bullying, discrimination and sexual Harassment policy drafting, training and representation
  • Conducting workplace investigations;
  • Award making, review, interpretation and coverage
  • Work health and safety advice, training and prosecution defence
  • Drafting and reviewing employment contracts and workplace policies
  • 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
  • Parental Leave and requests for flexible working arrangements

Our dedicated employment law team has extensive litigation experience and our team and skilled advocates regularly representing clients in litigated matters in the Fair Work Commission, state and federal Courts and state and federal anti-discrimination tribunals.

Our clients include large and small business employers, employment insurance providers and employer associations.  Our clients tell us that they choose our employment team because we are efficient, commercial, pragmatic and approachable.

Employment Insights

  • 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…

  • Selling your business? Don’t forget an important asset – your employees!

    If you are selling your business, careful consideration must be given to your employees and what will happen to their employment as a result of the sale. Assuming the sale is to an unrelated entity (so the employing entity will change), the employees will either transfer with the business to…

  • Have you planned your party properly?

    As the end of the year swiftly approaches, along with it comes the inevitable festive season celebrations of office parties and other functions. Although it is a time to celebrate the year that was and recognise the hard work by staff, employers need to ensure that adequate planning has been…

  • Commercial insights – Spring 2015

    Meridian Lawyers' Spring 2015 edition of Commercial insights discusses governance issues for business including directors’ duties, good employment policies and practice, the benefits of ownership agreements with partners, brand and logo issues on marketing material, and privacy compliance. Contents Directors’ duties and the consequences of a breach Business owners’ agreements Do you have…

  • Employment Insights: Fair Work Commission lays down some markers on bullying

    As lawyers we often hesitate in drawing definite conclusions on allegations of bullying, so the last thing we want is for a general article like this to embolden the bully or intimidate the victim. This is because the facts of each case are so critical. For a long time there…

  • Employment relations principal joins Meridian team

    Meridian Lawyers welcomes experienced employment practitioner Sharlene Wellard to the firm’s employment law team in the Sydney office commencing 8 July 2014. Sharlene is a highly regarded senior practitioner with extensive experience in employment and industrial law. She provides strategic advice and advocacy in all areas of industrial law, employment,…

  • Commercial Insights – August 2014

    In our Commercial Insights, we introduce our new team members, Principal Sharlene Wellard and Special Counsel Ian Goddard. Also in this issue we look at some upcoming events including the Pharmacy Business Network (12 September 2014). Articles: Dismissal may be warranted but still unfair without proper procedure Is this the end of…

What our clients say

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    Marissa Limberis, Marketing Manager, Blooms

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    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

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    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

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    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

  • “Meridian are more than just lawyers to us – they are there when our customers need them the most, providing advice and reassurance. They are a vital piece of the puzzle in the analysis of our claims trends, they are well respected in our markets as experts in the field and most importantly they deliver results. It is a unique partnership that I have not seen replicated in the industry.”

    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

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    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

Contact

  • Sydney

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    Sydney NSW 2000
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    +61 2 9018 9999
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    +61 2 9018 9900
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    Melbourne VIC 3000
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    +61 3 9810 6777
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    +61 3 9810 6770
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    Newcastle NSW 2300
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    +61 2 4047 2600
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    +61 2 4047 2699
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    Brisbane QLD 4000
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    +61 7 3220 9333
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    Perth WA 6000
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    +61 8 6319 0470
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    +61 8 6319 0499