Workplace Law

The Workplace Law Team has expertise in all matters affecting the employment relationship throughout Australia.

  • Industrial law
    • Negotiation and certification of enterprise agreements with unions
    • Urgent advice and representation on industrial action (eg strike, picketing)
    • Union rights of workplace entry
    • Advice on award interpretation and compliance
    • Defending claims (eg underpayments, unfair dismissal, general protections) in all Courts and the Fair Work Commission
  • Employment
    • Drafting and advising on contracts of employment
    • Drafting policies, (eg performance and misconduct, alcohol and drug testing, fitness for duty, equal employment opportunity and diversity, privacy, social media
    • Executive disputes eg post-employment restraint of trade, shares, commissions, reasonable notice, defamation, corporate governance, white collar crime
    • Copyright and patent issues arising in the employment relationship
    • Applications for temporary and permanent working visas, advice on overseas secondments
  • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Defending WorkSafe prosecutions in the Magistrates and County Court
    • Representation at coronial inquests
    • Drafting relevant OH&S policies eg fitness for duty alcohol and drug testing, manual handling, working from heights
    • Advice on all relevant environmental laws affecting workplace safety
  • Workers’ compensation
    • Advising self-insured employers on claims management strategies
    • Advising all employers on strategies to reduce WorkCover insurance premium
    • Advising employers insured under the WorkCover scheme on how best to manage WorkCover 
  • Workplace Investigations
    • We can conduct workplace investigations or instruct a suitably legally qualified workplace investigator
    • Liaising with appropriate experts for accounting fraud, computer fraud, false WorkCover claims, or any other case of dishonest conduct
    • Issue civil proceedings to recover losses against an employee or other party, including urgent Court application to freeze assets and search property 
    • Advice on all aspects of criminal procedure,  liaising with regulatory authorities such as Victoria Police, Australia Federal Police, ACCC, ASIC