Our expertise in industrial relations includes:
- providing dispute prevention, management and resolution advice
- enterprise bargaining and conducting negotiations with unions and other representative bodies
- appearing in IR disputes and arbitrations before the Fair Work Commission
- obtaining orders to stop or prevent unlawful industrial action
- advising on large-scale industrial disputes
- obtaining orders regarding transferring industrial instruments, and
- advising on Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and alleged sham contracts.
- Advising clients in the higher education sector on strategies for resolving industrial disputes with the National Tertiary Education Union and the Australian Education Union, and on right of entry issues.
- Advising one of Australia’s leading retail banks on negotiation strategy, preparation and implementation of their enterprise agreement, including active involvement in all negotiations with unions and bargaining representatives.
- Acting for ASX-listed companies in the manufacturing and utility industries in the renegotiation of enterprise agreements, including obtaining an interlocutory injunction in relation to protected action damaging property.
- Obtaining orders from the Fair Work Commission to prevent the transfer of an unwanted enterprise agreement in a ‘transfer of business’ scenario.
- Providing strategic advice to a publicly listed company on the management of union right of entry disputes, and appearing on behalf of the client in the Fair Work Commission in relation to such disputes.
- Advising on protected action ballots, workplace determinations, right of entry and various industrial issues involving multiple unions
Employment & Workplace Relations| 24 Mar 2021
After axing all provisions except for those relating to casual employment, Parliament passed a diluted version of the Omnibus Bill.
Discrimination & Equal Opportunity| 04 Mar 2021
Menstrual and menopausal leave: from flexible work to best practice in gender equality and wellbeing in the workplace
In a post-COVID world, many of the flexibilities envisaged in the menstrual and menopausal leave policies implemented to date are now second nature for the workforce.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 10 Feb 2021
New WHS guidance material on preventing workplace sexual harassment and workplace violence and aggression released
In response to recommendation 35 of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report 2020 and the #metoo movement, Safe Work Australia has released in-depth work health and safety (WHS) guidance to help persons undertaking a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to manage the risks of sexual harassment and violence and aggression occurring in the workplace.
Industrial Relations| 07 Mar 2019
Start whistle blown on new whistleblower legislation