Employment Law

If you are seeking an experienced and commercially astute employment law professional then call our experienced team.

We offer legal services throughout the entire employment relationship, from advice in the pre-selection and contract formation stage, the relationship between employee and employer during employment, through to advice when the employment relationship comes to an end.

We act for both employees and employers – this gives us a complete perspective of each party's respective position which allows us to provide practical advice about your rights, responsibilities and settlement options.

 

Employers

Well drafted employment law contracts and business systems are the key to managing and minimising workplace disputes. We offer assistance and advice with setting up employment contracts for your business, whether they are for casual, permanent or part-time employees or executives.

We base our employment contracts on sound employment law principles. The design of each contract is tailored specifically to your business needs and takes contemporary issues into account. These issues include social media policy, protection of confidential information and restraints of trade.

Employers often find they have issues in relation to performance management or performance improvement among the staff. We are able to give well-considered and beneficial professional advice on the human resources aspects of handling matters at the workplace. We are always available on the phone to provide urgent advice for any matter that may occur in the workplace.

Problems for employers often arise when there are complaints or grievances, especially those relating to workplace harassment, bullying or discrimination. Our lawyers have developed expertise in helping employers develop policies and procedures in these areas, along with a cost-effective investigation program that will make sure that complaints and grievances are dealt with promptly, fairly and in the right way.

It is always best to address employment issues before they arise to avoid lengthy and expensive litigation. When an employment relationship breaks down it is important to obtain prompt legal advice to manage a potential claim in the most cost effective and least disruptive manner to your business.

 

Contractors

Contractors are often forgotten in the employment law discussions. If you are considering entering into a contractor agreement you should engage a lawyer to provide you with advice about your rights and obligations and to ensure the contract terms reflect your actual agreement.

Our expert lawyers can guide you through the process to enforce a breach of contract or to provide advice on unfair contract terms.

 

For Employees

When employees are considering entering into an employment contract they should engage a lawyer who understands workplace laws and can tell them about their rights and obligations. Gaining expert advice before you sign a contract of employment may be the best investment you make.

Like any relationship, the employment relationship doesn't always go according to plan. You may have issues about bullying, harassment or discrimination. You may feel that you have not been paid the correct amount of wages, award entitlements or commissions. At such times, you can benefit greatly from suitable advice from fully qualified and experienced lawyers.

If you feel you are being unjustly performance managed, or are considering making an unfair dismissal claim you should contact us to arrange a consultation. We can advise you how to respond in a professional manner to any claims of poor performance or examine the grounds for the unfair dismissal claim. Our track record in advising employees about unfair dismissal claims is very good.

If you work at the managerial level, on a high income you may not have a right to claim unfair dismissal, so we will advise you of your executive rights in respect of your employment contract.

There are strict time limits in bringing a claim after your dismissal and you should obtain advice immediately to ensure your rights are protected.