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| 22 Oct 2021
In response to updated health advice, the Western Australian Government has issued a new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 12 Oct 2021
Victoria's new COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions impose obligations on employers in Victoria about the vaccination of certain workers. Fines may be imposed for non-compliance or the provision of false information.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 05 Oct 2021
In an important decision, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has upheld an earlier decision in favour of an employer that dismissed a receptionist in an aged care facility who refused a mandatory vaccination against influenza.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 13 Sep 2021
The way the courts view long service leave when it comes to overseas service may have shifted, at least in Victoria, following a recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision.