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Employment Law & Occupational Health and Safety


EMPLOYMENT LAW & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

A business that places value on its workforce creates an environment of positive productivity and a successful workplace culture.

Our approach allows employers to successfully navigate the evolving employment landscape and remain focussed on their commercial strategy. We ensure our clients remain compliant with all legislative requirements while also implementing tailored workforce management strategies.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW


EMPLOYMENT LAW


EMPLOYMENT LAW

Your obligations as an employer don’t end the moment you hire a person to join your business, however understanding your obligations from the outset will minimise the risk of a dispute.

Our team can provide advice in:

Employment contracts & workplace policies

Having well written contracts and policies in place from the start of the employment relationship is key to setting the boundaries and standards you expect in your workplace, protecting your interests and workforce, and minimising your risks in the event of a dispute.

Award & statutory compliance

We will ensure you understand National Employment Standards and rights under the Fair Work Act that are relevant to your employees. Getting it right from the start will help to avoid costly mistakes. But if things go wrong, don’t stress, we can help you then too. Our team has a wealth of experience in defending underpayment claims, managing Fair Work Ombudsman prosecutions and resolving employment disputes to get our clients the best possible outcomes.

Buying selling & restructuring a business

Do you know what obligations you will have to employees when you buy or sell a business, or change the structure of your workforce? We can provide comprehensive advice in this complex area of employment law.

Contractor v employee

Understanding whether a worker is an employee or a contractor is the first step in any engagement and getting it wrong can be disastrous and very expensive. Knowing the difference impacts on superannuation, workers compensation and leave entitlements, as well as obligations to pay payroll tax. It’s important to know the difference and engage and pay your workers the right way.

Restraint of trade clauses, confidentiality & intellectual property

Through expert drafting and litigation when needed, we help our clients protect their assets, intellectual property interests and customers from past, current and future employees, from their very first day on the job until well after they leave.

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Performance Management & Termination


Performance Management & Termination


PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT & TERMINATION

What do you do when an employee is misbehaving, not performing, or when people at work just aren’t getting along? What do you do when employees complain of bullying, discrimination or sexual harassment?  

Our team provides specialist advice in:

Bullying, harassment & discrimination

What interview questions can you ask a candidate?  Is this a good reason to demote or dismiss an employee?  What do you do when an ill or injured employee can’t perform their job anymore?  What do you do when employees complain of bullying, discrimination or sexual harassment?

Termination of employment & dismissal claims

We ensure employers are in the best position to understand obligations and minimise their risks when thinking about terminating an employee’s employment.  We also provide robust representation and commercially sound advice in all sorts of employment termination claims including unfair dismissal, redundancy, general protections, discrimination and contractual claims.  

Workplace investigations

How do you conduct an investigation? Does it need to be formal or informal? Can it be done internally, or should an employer engage an external investigator? We can guide employers through the investigation process and provide advice on investigation process and reporting requirements. We can also directly assist clients by assisting in investigation process.

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industrial relations


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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Industrial relations laws are complex and ever changing. Obtaining our team’s specialist legal advice is the first step to making sure you  avoid costly mistakes and time consuming claims later on.

 Our team provides specialist advice in:

Enterprise agreements

From start to finish, and all the way in between, we assist our clients in all industries to work their way through the complex process of negotiating, drafting and obtaining approval of enterprise agreements.  

Industrial disputes

Industrial action and collective disputes do happen, and when they do, having our specialised industrial relations team on your side can help you resolve unwanted problems and get your business back on track in a timely way.

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Occupational Health & Safety


Occupational Health & Safety


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Workplace health and safety is everyone’s business. From advice about the OH&S obligations of employees, employers, contractors and other players in your workplace, to managing ill and injured workers on WorkCover and defending WorkSafe prosecutions.

In this area of the law you need to know what to do to minimise workplace accidents and if a workplace accident happens it is essential you know what to do from the outset.