A number of our senior lawyers are named in the Best Lawyers list and our employment team is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020, which comments: ‘Regularly advises employers across the range of contentious industrial and employee relations matters, including union disputes, restraint of trade matters and workplace harassment. Also able to assist with the employment aspects of restructurings’.
Our leading employment law team offers expertise across all areas of employment and industrial relations law. We are also experienced litigators and advocates, representing clients in all types of employment-related litigation in the Fair Work Commission, anti-discrimination tribunals and the courts.
With six dedicated employment partners and a wealth of talent across our national team, we provide practical, commercial advice and strategic solutions to our clients. We partner with our clients to protect their interests, deliver their workplace strategies and, when the need arises, defend them from employment-related claims.
Our team is experienced in handling sensitive, high-profile matters where reputation is paramount. We manage these cases with care and with the high level of service for which we are known.
We advise on:
- discrimination and equal opportunity
- industrial relations
- migration services
- restraints of trade, employment claims and transfer of business issues, and
- work, health and safety.
We serve public and private organisations that are based locally or offshore with Australian interests. They operate in a range of industries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, insurance, education, mining, aged care, retail, film and television, storage and distribution, construction, recruitment, agribusiness, information technology, horticulture and transport.
‘Industrial relations work is the core strength of Hall & Wilcox’s “fast, sensible”, “knowledgeable and extremely commercial” practice, which also handles smaller-scale employment matters and workplace health and safety’
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
Thinking| 11 Dec 2019
ASIC releases whistleblower policy guidance and exempts small not-for-profits: what you need to know
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has released its regulatory guide to Australia’s new whistleblower laws. ASIC’s guide is intended to assist employers establish whistleblower policies that comply with their obligations under the new whistleblower regime. The guide also provides helpful information on good practice in relation to implementing and maintaining a compliant whistleblower policy.
Thinking| 21 Nov 2019
A recent amendment to anti-discrimination laws gives employers greater certainty about when they can and cannot reject job applications from people with criminal records.
Thinking| 28 Oct 2019
The Full Federal Court in Mondelez v AMWU  FCAFC 138 determined that employees are entitled to 10 days of personal/carer’s leave irrespective of their pattern of work hours. This decision is expected to have ramifications for the way in which employers calculate personal/carer’s leave, particularly in respect to shift workers, subject to the outcome of any High Court appeal.
Thinking| 23 Oct 2019
Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) contravening an enterprise agreement can result in orders for compensation and pecuniary penalty orders. Failing to comply with an enterprise agreement can have severe financial consequences. This was recently illustrated in the case of Ridd v James Cook University (No. 2)  FCCA 2489 (Ridd v JCU).