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| 22 May 2020
On 20 May 2020, the Full Federal Court handed down its long-awaited decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato  FCAFC 84. The Court found that an employee of labour hire business WorkPac Pty Ltd (WorkPac) engaged and paid as a casual was in fact ‘other than a casual employee’ for the purposes of sections 86, 95 and 106 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).
Employment| 21 May 2020
In a record penalty, the Federal Court has fined three Hero Sushi outlets and their directors a total of $891,000 for underpaying workers and falsifying records. Karl Rozenbergs and David Burnton discuss the implications of this decision for employers.
COVID-19 Thinking| 20 May 2020
Welcome to our new series, ‘Back to work: Practical tips for employers as COVID-19 restrictions ease’. We’ll be publishing several mini-articles with practical guidance on what employers should consider in returning employees to the workplace in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 Thinking| 12 May 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, drastic changes to supply chain operations are exposing an increased risk of forced labour, debt bondage, human trafficking, and exploitation on a global scale. These issues are further compounded for migrant workers, who may be unable to work but also unable to return to their home country. The Federal government has responded to this uncertain climate by providing further support for businesses that are required to report on modern slavery risks. Read on to find out how these changes affect your business.