We help Employers to protect their interests and Employees to enforce their rights.
Whilst Employee’s rights are largely entrenched in the Fair Work Act, properly prepared and enforceable Employment Contracts are essential for Business Protection.
Now ask yourself how confident you are that your existing Employment Contracts are adequate.
If your business has employees with access to important confidential information or who maintain key customer relationships, they could do damage to your business if they set up in competition or join a competitor.
How We Help
Our Employment Lawyers assist both employers and employees in a broad range of workplace issues. We understand and value the importance our clients place on establishing and maintaining cohesive, constructive employment relationships.
In an area of law that is constantly changing we will ensure that we provide you with clear, concise, timely legal advice to enable you to make informed commercial decisions.
Hunternet Group Cooperative Pty Limited
Acted in a General Protections /Adverse Action matter commenced by an apprentice on the basis of discriminatory conduct with respect to disability and his exercise of his right to take leave. Produced significant and detailed response to the claim, resulting in the proceedings being withdrawn / discontinued.
Roper Golf Regional Council
Acted on behalf of the Council in respect of a General Protections claim commenced by the former General Manager on his termination for breaches of the Council’s Code of Conduct and financial approvals policy. Proceedings were struck out based upon submissions to the Federal Court disclosing no proper cause of action under the Fair Work Act.
Lake Macquarie City Council
Acted on behalf of the Council in conducting a Code of Conduct investigation into the alleged breaches of the Council’s Code of Conduct by three (3) local councillors with respect to failing to declare financial interest in a property development.
Forbes Local Council
Provided advice in relation to proceedings commenced by former Work Health & Safety Manager with respect to unfair dismissal, unlawful termination when terminated following a worker’s compensation claim. Negotiations resulted in the exit of the manager with no payment of compensation or damages based upon expert medical evidence obtained.
Boeing Australia Limited
Undertook an internal investigation against senior managers in relation to alleged culture of bullying behaviour at a Boeing regional site resulting in a significant report and recommendations on requirements for cultural change and potential liabilities. All of the investigations and recommendations were actioned by the client and resulted in disciplinary proceedings being taken against senior management staff.
International Gaming Technologies Australia Limited
Acted on behalf of the largest manufacturer of gaming machines in the world in relation to a review of all their workforce in Australia with respect to modern awards and payrates, identifying significant underpayments claims to staff and employees as a result of misclassifications in awards. Implemented a legal strategy and negotiated on behalf of business with appointed representatives for a settlement / resolution of backpay and changes to payrates for the future.
International Gaming Technologies Australia Limited
Acted in Federal Court proceedings commenced by an employee terminated for failing to attend a medical examination with respect to Work Health & Safety risks by the employer when the request was made as a lawful direction. The Court’s Judgment resulted in a precedent case for employers to have the power to make a lawful direction that employees attend medical examinations, particularly when in relation to Work Health & Safety risks.
Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group
Undertook a review of all senior management and executive staff which resulted in formulation of a plan for structured redundancies and retirement of senior management and executive positions and recommendations for further cultural change and recruitment strategy for the incoming Chief Executive Officer.
Downer Mining (Wambo Coal Mine)
Undertook a significant investigation into allegations of fraud involving mine resources for personal use by an employee in the construction of his own home where evidence of impropriety was forensically identified, and the employee terminated and with a police investigation being undertaken.
Downer Mining (Boggabri Mine)
Acted on behalf of Downer Mining in relation to an industrial dispute arising from a proposed changes to a shift / roster where industrial action was taken on the basis of a Work Health & Safety risk due to a high percentage of the work force being drive in drive out with long distances to travel and up to 16 hour shifts with overtime. Jeemy negotiated an outcome in relation to the roster being suitable to all parties and the CFMEU and industrial action proceedings dismissed by agreement.
Acted on behalf of Downer Mining in 35 unfair dismissal applications commenced by the CFMEU on behalf of mining workers terminated from Boggabri Mine due to loss of mining contract and downsizing of workforce. Jeremy negotiated a successful outcome including the redeployment of the majority of the workforce to other Downer Mining sites.
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